Back to all posts
Posted on

Inclement weather

 

Cancelling School Buses and Closing Schools Due to Bad Weather

During the winter months, inclement weather may cause the disruption of bus transportation and at times regular school operations. We must recognize that there are days when school buses will not be able to operate because of extreme temperatures, fog, freezing rain or other adverse road conditions. Parents/guardians are reminded to review the inclement weather information below for the 2018-2019 school year.

In case of inclement weather, the decision to close schools and/or cancel buses is determined prior to 6:00 a.m. and is communicated thereafter in the following ways:

  • Telephone recording and/or text message sent to all registered student households via PowerAnnouncement
  • Wolf Creek Public Schools website newsfeed (www.wolfcreek.ab.ca)
  • Notifications automatically sent to subscribers of WCPS’ Media newsfeed
  • Twitter - School closures and bus cancellations will be tweeted to followers at @WCPS72
  • Facebook - School closures and bus cancellations updates are posted to Wolf Creek Public Schools
  • Wolf Creek Public Schools Transportation webpage regarding school bus route status   (http://www.wolfcreek.ab.ca/Busing.php)
  • Television/Radio Stations: Global News, Sunny 94.1 FM, Big 105.5 FM, CKGY 95.5 FM, ZED 98.9 FM, CHED 630 AM, CFCW 790 AM, KJR 1440 AM

It is a parent’s decision whether or not they send their child to school on inclement weather days when buses are cancelled and schools remain open. 

More information can be found here.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • When a decision is made to cancel bus transportation in the morning and schools remain open, buses will typically run at the end of the school day to return students home.
  • Bus drivers have the individual authority to cancel their route, or decide not to stop at a particular pick-up site if they feel the weather/road conditions warrant such action. This can occur regardless of a decision being made by the Superintendent regarding bus cancellations.
  • The decision to cancel all bus runs for a full day of school automatically includes the closing of the affected school(s) for all students. However, there may be occasions when the following occurs:
    • Area bus runs (eg. Bluffton, Clive, etc) are canceled in the morning but schools remain open, or
    • Cases such as fog conditions and freezing rain, where road conditions are expected to improve significantly within a short period of time, but improvement in road conditions occurs too late to operate morning bus routes.
      • In such cases, schools will remain open, and the bus runs will be re-opened for operation in the afternoon in order to transport students home who found alternative modes of transport to school. Reminders that the afternoon bus runs will operate and will always be announced on the radio immediately in the morning.
  • Schools will be closed with no buses running when the air temperature in excess of -40 degrees C exists regardless of wind conditions. In instances where the air temperature is between -30 degrees C and -40 degrees C, the wind chill factor may be considered if it creates a temperature in excess of -40 degrees C with the wind chill factor included.
  • Schools will be closed with no buses running when dangerous road conditions and/or poor visibility (e.g. heavy snowfall, blowing snow, freezing rain, heavy fog) are present.
  • Pay careful attention to the bus cancellation message if your child/children are bus riders. Waiting for buses in extreme cold temperatures is very dangerous and being cognizant of bus cancellations will ensure your child/children are not outside waiting for a bus that has been cancelled.
  • Dress warmly on cold weather days as school buses may be delayed and your child/children may be waiting for the bus for a longer time than usual.
  • Wolf Creek Public Schools will continue to announce any district-wide busing cancellations due to inclement weather, fog, or poor road conditions using WCPS’ communication practice.

It is a parent’s decision whether or not they send their child to school on inclement weather days when buses are cancelled and schools remain open.  More information can be found here.

Prev Post Next Post