Columbus City Schools asks for parents help get kids to school safe by shoveling sidewalks

School officials urged families to shovel off and salt sidewalks in front of their homes. (WSYX/WTTE)

With more than 51,000 students enrolled in Columbus City Schools, spokespersons said they hope families could help making a return to school after a snow day safe.

Jeff Ortega with the City of Columbus said that around 75 Columbus city snow plows worked overnight to clear priority one, two and school routes.

School officials urged families to shovel off and salt sidewalks in front of their homes.

Columbus City Schools spokesperson Scott Varner said about half of the students take buses. Others walk to school each morning.

If sidewalks remained covered after Wednesday's heavy snow, Varner said it increases the likelihood some kids would be forced to walk in streets.

Columbus laws require property owners to clear sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses after the snowfall.

"I have a ten-year-old that walks two or three blocks to his bus stop and a lot of times his sidewalk's not shoveled," said Lisa Simon, who has four kids enrolled in Columbus City Schools.

Columbus School officials said they kept in close contact with city officials to monitor which routes had been cleared near Columbus City Schools.

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