Inclement Weather and Bus Cancellations

Inclement Weather and Bus Cancellations
Posted on 11/30/2020
buses parked in the snowAs we are almost at the end of November, it is time to remind you about how inclement weather days are handled in the Limestone District School Board.

When school bus transportation is cancelled due to poor weather or road conditions, Limestone schools remain open. When buses are cancelled in the morning, they are cancelled for the entire day. 

Student walkers may proceed to school as usual if their parent/guardian has deemed it safe to do so. In the City of Kingston, students may make choose to use Kingston Transit. Families who choose to drop off their student(s) at the beginning of the school day must ensure they pick them up at the end of the regular school day. Due to COVID-19 protocols, students cannot be dropped at school earlier than 15 minutes before classes are to begin, and they must be picked up immediately following afternoon dismissal.

Upon arrival, students should proceed directly to their first period/home classroom or take the direction of staff.  

In the past, sometimes smaller student attendance numbers and staff absences led to the consolidation of classes to continue learning while maximizing student supervision. Due to COVID-19 protocols, class cohorts will not be blended. Students will remain in their assigned classroom or will be moved into a larger space and kept apart from students in other classes.  

Students who must remain home due to a lack of transportation to school may participate in asynchronous learning from home. Classroom teachers will provide students with direction and assignment of asynchronous work, likely through the class’s online learning management system.

If your student is staying home due to a bus cancellation, or due to inclement weather conditions, please use the Board's SafeArrival absence reporting tool to report their absence:  either (a) Inclement weather (walkers), or (b) Bus cancellation.

As a reminder, the decision to cancel buses rests with Tri-Board Student Transportation. Tri-Board bus drivers, operators and municipal roads officials assess weather and road conditions between 4-5 a.m. on school days using a variety of data including accredited weather forecasters such as Environment Canada. 

Tri-Board and the school board report decisions to cancel buses around 5:30/6 a.m. Decisions sometimes happen quickly and can be different across the district based on different circumstances or conditions. This may include a decision after 5:30/6 a.m. based on changing or worsening weather and/or road conditions. Tri-Board and the school boards makes their decisions with the best information available at the time. The guiding principle in making these decisions is always the safety of students, staff and volunteers working at our schools and centres.

You are encouraged to sign up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.
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While the decision to cancel buses occurs occasionally throughout the school year based on weather and road conditions, the closure of schools is an infrequent and extraordinary measure. A decision to close schools is not taken lightly but is made when student safety and staff safety is at potential risk.

In the event of early dismissal and/or school closures, it is imperative that schools have updated emergency contact information for all students. It is essential that any changes to this information are provided to the school as soon as possible.  This includes change to address, telephone (home, work and cell phones), and those appointed by parents/guardians as alternate emergency contacts.

Thank you, Limestone families, for your attention to these important details.