So IF it’s a snow day… where do you get the information?
1. Tune in to us!
We will keep you updated throughout the morning on everything related to bus cancellations, school closures and anything else you need to know! Also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook as well!
2. What zone is my school in?
Not sure what zone your child’s school is in? Find it here: SCSTC website or at SCDSB’s Weather Zones You can also look on your school’s website. There is a button titled ‘Bus Information’ that lists your zone.
3. How is the decision to cancel buses made?
To decide if school busses and vans will be cancelled, early morning checks of the road and weather conditions are reviewed during a 5:30 a.m. conference call between the SCSTC and School Vehicle Operators. During the 5:30 am conference call, the SCSTC and School Vehicle Operators review:
- assessment of current road conditions
- assessment of current and projected weather information
- assessment of current visibility as it relates to the safe operation of school vehicles
- assessment of current and forecasted precipitation in the form of snow accumulation on roads and freezing rain as it relates to the safe operation of school vehicles
- confirmation if snow plows have been out on the roads
- gathering additional information on road conditions from available local services and resources
School Vehicle cancellations may be:
- specific to a single weather zone
- include multiple weather zones
- a total Simcoe County wide cancellation
4. Why aren’t schools closed when buses are cancelled?
Many students in the SCDSB do not take school buses or other school vehicles to school. In fact, some of our schools have a large majority of students who walk, and often have high attendance even on days when buses in their zone are cancelled. The SCDSB procedure related to inclement weather states “Every reasonable effort will be made to keep all schools open each day for those students who are able to attend. The principal of each school shall arrange for suitable and appropriate learning activities for those students who are present. School staffs are expected to plan for such emergencies in order to provide meaningful programs for those students who are able to attend under inclement weather conditions.”
Supervision of children is also a consideration. If schools were closed when buses are cancelled, that could place an added childcare burden on families. As a board, we know parents depend on us to keep schools open whenever possible.
5. My child walks, but buses are cancelled at his or her school. Should I send them?
My kids go on snow days. They actually really enjoy those days! It’s totally up to the caregivers of the child. Just remember to call Safe Arrival is your kids are staying home.