Severe Weather and Student Transportation

(PSSD Policy 805)
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
Buses are not to run in the morning if the combined temperature/windchill factors result in a reading of -40 degrees Celsius or below at 6:00 a.m. Drivers must refer to the Transportation page of the Division website by 6:15 a.m. to confirm all temperature data and bus cancellations.
In determining if buses should run, Environment Canada Saskatoon temperatures are to be used as a guide for all schools, with the exception of Blaine Lake, Duck Lake and Leask, which are to use Environment Canada Prince Albert temperatures.
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.
If buses are cancelled due to adverse temperature conditions, the Transportation Manager or designate will update the Bus Cancellations on the Transportation page of the Division website after 6:00 a.m. The Division’s information hotline (306-683-2805) also provides a recorded message on the status of buses not running.
Wheelchair lift equipment will not operate if combined temperature and windchill are at or below -35 degrees Celsius at 6:00 a.m. Drivers must contact the student’s family if the lift equipment is not operating. The bus will pick up the student in the afternoon if the combined temperature is above -35 degrees Celsius at 12:00 noon.
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.
Bus routes cancelled at 6:00 a.m. are expected to operate on their regular routes at the end of the school day, provided that temperatures reported at 12:00 noon are warmer than -40 degrees Celsius (combined temperature/windchill).
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.