Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather

The primary consideration in the event of inclement weather conditions shall be the health and safety of students and staff. When road or weather conditions jeopardize the safety of students and staff, bus routes may be cancelled. Bus route cancellations will not always be made on a system-wide basis due to the large geographical area of the Division. School bus services may be suspended due to adverse road or weather conditions that jeopardize the safety of students, however, schools will remain open. Any of the following factors, or combinations of them, shall serve as guidelines for considering nonoperation or early operation of buses: Cancellation of Bus Service.

  • Temperature of -40 degrees Celsius or a wind chill factor of -50 degrees Celsius reported by the weather office for the area in question;
  • Visibility of less than 30 meters;
  • Road closures by the R.C.M.P., municipal or other local road officials.

The decision to cancel bus routes and will be determined by 7:00 a.m. Please refer to the Bus Route Status section on on the home page of this website.

Once a decision is made to cancel bus routes due to inclement weather, the Director of Transportation shall notify local radio stations. Families have a responsibility to listen
for bussing announcements when inclement weather conditions exist. Media outlets are not obligated to broadcast this information but do so as a community service. The Director of Transportation will have the school closure information posted on the website by 7:00 a.m.

An individual bus Operator, in conjunction with the Director of Transportation, may decide not to transport students during cold or inclement weather. The Operator shall make every reasonable effort to notify parents that the bus run is cancelled. Early Closure of Schools
Normally busses will not run early if inclement weather conditions develop during the school day.
If a decision is made to run busses early the Principal will notify parents of all specifics regarding early bus delivery of students; The Director of Transportation will notify the local media outlets of early school closure.
The school shall remain open to students whose parents cannot be contacted, until such time as alternate housing arrangements can be made.

References:
Administrative Procedure: 132 Inclement Weather
Inclement Weather Brochure
Transportation Services