Snow Squall Watch In Effect. So what should you do tomorrow morning? Where do you get the information? Always join John and Meghan on 95.1 The Peak and then…
1. Where do I find out which zones are cancelled?
Join John and Meghan, and visit simcoecountyschoolbus.ca to see if buses are cancelled in any zones. Details will be there between 6 and 6:30 a.m. It is also shared by us and the SCSTC on Twitter @thepeakfm, @SCSTC_SchoolBus, and we here at The Peak will be notified and pass along all details as they become available! Inclement weather cancellations are effective for the whole day. Buses cancelled in the morning will not run at the end of the day.
This is a cool new option…you can now get notifications about your child’s bus route! Just head to the SCSTC website to subscribe.
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.
There’s lots more info, follow the link at the top of my blog!