During the winter months, we may have to close schools because of road conditions. There are many factors that come into play, and it’s not always an easy decision.
When the weather is bad, our Director General, in consultation with our Transportation Department, bus companies, and other area school boards, begin a dialogue around 4:00 a.m. that takes into account weather forecasts for the day, and road conditions in both our suburban and rural areas.
We always do our best to inform our families of any cancellations before 6:30 a.m. The decision to cancel is RARELY made the day before.
If cancellation information has not been posted by 6:30 a.m., buses are running and schools are open.
To put it simply – no. Mother Nature’s timing isn’t always the best, but it isn’t our normal practice to close schools early. Sending students home early is difficult. Schools must ensure a parent is home when younger students arrive; and coordinating bus drivers’ availability is a challenge. The decision to close a school is made very early in the morning, before buses are on the road picking up students.