Inclement Weather

Here you will find important information about cancellation of school buses due to inclement weather in the areas served by the North East Tri-Board Student Transportation.

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Procedures for Cancellation of School Bus Transportation


The primary concern is the safety and welfare of pupils. Therefore, the Transportation Officer may cancel transportation before the school day if significant risk exists for the safety of pupils. The Directors of Education or designate may decide to dismiss the students early because of inclement weather.

1. Cancellation of School Bus Transportation BEFORE 9:00 am:

  • School bus operators who service the area(s) affected by the inclement weather will communicate with each other. The designated operator will contact the Transportation Officer with their recommendation prior to 6:30 a.m.
  • The designated operator will consult with the Transportation Officer to confirm that it is unsafe to transport the students to school.
  • The Transportation Officer will communicate with all radio stations, prior to 7:00 a.m. and inform them of the following:
    1. School buses are cancelled for the three Boards in the North East Tri-Board Student Transportation, specifying areas affected, companies involved, and where appropriate, the individual schools it pertains to;
    2. Schools will remain open
    3. It is the responsibility of the parent to determine whether or not it is safe for a student to leave for school at any time particularly when severe weather conditions prevail. It is the responsibility of the parent to get the student to and from school.
  • The Transportation Officer will inform the Director's of Education or designate.
  • Where transportation services have been cancelled, the Principal or designate will ensure that the school building is opened by 8:30 a.m. to accommodate those students who arrive.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent to determine whether or not it is safe for a student to leave for school at any time particularly when severe weather conditions prevail.

2. Early Dismissal Caused by Inclement Weather:

  • School bus operators who service the area(s) affected by the inclement weather will communicate with each other. The designated operator will contact the Transportation Officer with their recommendation.
  • The Transportation Officer will communicate his recommendation to the Directors of Education or designate concerned.
  • The Directors of Education or designate will decide if the students will be released prior to 11:15 am whenever possible.
  • The Directors of Education or designate will inform the Transportation Officer of their decision.
  • The Transportation Officer shall inform the bus operators, appropriate supervisory officers or designate. The Supervisory Officer will inform the Principal or designate.
  • The procedures outlined in the school plan shall also include:
    1. Alternative accommodations for those pupils whose parents are not at home (up to and including Grade 6)
    2. Alternative accommodations for those pupils with special needs who may be at risk due to the adverse weather.
    3. Names of staff members to remain at school in the event that pupils are stranded overnight.
    4. A communication plan

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