Severe Weather and Student Transportation

(PSSD Policy 805)
 
Procedures:
1. Director of Education
– Delegation of authority by the Director of Education or designate to dismiss students, and/or close schools is appropriate and expected.
– Adverse winter driving conditions may be valid reasons for non-operation of school buses.
 
2. Severe Weather conditions
– Environment Canada “Saskatoon” temperatures are to be used as a guide for all schools except Duck Lake and Leask in determining if buses should run. Contacts may be made at 975-4266 or    www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca. Buses are not to run if the combined temperature/wind chill factors result in a reading of -40 degrees or below at 7:00am.
 
– After a factor of -35 degrees, or in stormy conditions, bus drivers within the same district are to contact one another and compare local conditions.
 
– Buses are not to operate if weather conditions such as freezing rain, dense fog, heavy rain or severe dust storms impair visibility or otherwise cause dangerous travel conditions.
 
– Buses that do not run at the regular time in the morning are not to run at all on that same day. Parents will be phoned by bus drivers. So long as a school remains open for students, parents are welcome to transport their children to and from school.       
– School is usually closed to students only for reasons such as health and safety eg. water main break.
– Buses for students with special needs are not to operate if the combined factors resulting a reading of -35 degrees or below us the Environment Canada “Saskatoon” temperature/wind chill for all schools.
– Bus drivers shall use their own discretion as to whether or not to run given local temperature above -40 (-35for special needs), and /or weather and road conditions.
– The good judgment of bus drivers in their decisions regarding safety is to be supported.
– Bus drivers are to decide whether or not to run by no later than thirty minutes before the first scheduled morning pick up and by no later than one hour prior to the scheduled afternoon dismissal.
 
– There is to be no early dismissal due to deteriorating weather conditions. If it is determined that the buses will not run at the regular dismissal time, families will be notified and previously arranged billeting may be used.