On May 21, 2012 when Metro Nashville Fire Department decided to evacuate the Parthenon Towers located at 301 28th Avenue North Nashville, Tennessee 37203, the Metro Schools Transportation Department was called upon to assist. The following Transportation employees went to the aid of the residents.
The end of February in Tennessee is often synonymous with the start of severe weather season. This year, roughly 30 Metro Schools’ transportation supervisors who serve on the district’s Inclement Weather Team will take on the task of helping keep you safe during severe weather. They will become trained SKYWARN® Spotters by the National Weather Service (more). The primary job of these volunteer spotters is to provide fast and accurate reports of severe weather in their local area. According to the NWS, the training includes:
The MNPS team will join nearly 290,000 other spotters nationwide in helping make local communities safer in times of severe weather.
Friday, March 9, MTA will offer free and unlimited rides all day! “Fareless Friday,” as it’s been dubbed by transportation officials is the brainchild of Mayor Dean. The goal is to encourage people who do not currently ride the bus to give it a try. MTA also hopes to use the day to show appreciation to current riders.To check out the full list of routes available, click here.
Just think: this time last year we'd already had a full week's worth of snow days. This year we're all pleased that it hasn't been that bad yet. But it's always good to remind ourselves why we make the decision to close schools.
Here's an old post from January of 2011 that explains the process and gives us all a reason to be thankful that 2011-12 is not a repeat of the 2010-11 Snowpocalypse.
Originally published in January of 2011
Many people are curious about how the district makes the decision to close schools. So here goes.
It starts with the same first step as everyone else: looking at the forecast. MNPS officials closely examine what is expected and work with local meteorologists to get a frank and honest assessment of the chances for significant precipitation.
Once the snow or ice has fallen, a group of dedicated employees within the Transportation Department fan out across the city to examine the road conditions. They drive on snow and ice covered roads, looking at potential trouble spots, which include difficult hills, winding back roads, heavily shaded areas and every other factor that could affect bus and car travel on the way to or from school. It is important to note that this group examines the city's roads as a whole. The decision is not based on a single street or a single neighborhood, but rather the 500+ square miles that constitute Davidson County.
Members of this "snow patrol" then meet to discuss their assessments. In some cases they take photographs of what they found in the areas that they examined. You can see this morning's photos by clicking on the picture at the bottom of this story. The team may repeat this process 2-3 times per day, to see if road conditions have improved or worsened as the day goes on.
Once all reports have been made, all areas of town have been accounted for and all voices have been heard, the decision is made. As soon as that happens, the Communications Department makes a district-wide callout, alerts the media, and posts the information online. We know our families have decisions to make regarding childcare, work and other arrangements, so there is no delay or dawdling in between making the decision and announcing it.
We hope that this gives you a better understanding of just how much goes into making the decision to close schools. Losing an instructional day is not something to be taken lightly. If students and teachers are able to get to school safely, we want them there. But safety has always and will always come first. We appreciate the patience that everyone shows in waiting for a decision to be made, and thank you for supporting Metro Schools!
Click here for photos taken by the "snow patrol" on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Click here for photos taken by the "snow patrol" on Thursday, January 20, 2011
Click here for photos taken on Thursday, January 13, 2011.
Click here for photos taken on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
Click here for photos taken on the morning of January 11, 2011.
Wanted: Independent workers who enjoy working with children and don't mind the color yellow.
MNPS Transportation displayed its appreciation to this year’s bus drivers. As the buses were turned in, drivers were given a celebration cook-out for all their hard-work and dedication during this academic school year. They enjoyed a small cook-out and entertaining music! Thank you to all the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools bus drivers for safe driving and getting students to school!