Bad Weather

With bad weather come the questions:
Are buses running today?
Should buses be running today?
Why aren’t the buses running today?
Why is the bus to Dunstable running but the bus to Fort Assiniboine isn’t?
and… I can’t believe the school buses are running today!

**Note: Even if the school buses aren’t running, schools will be open.

When do we cancel buses?

A bus run will not operate when the temperature is minus 40 degrees Celsius (-40°C) or colder at the start of a route. This temperature does not take into account windchill. Our drivers also follow specific rules about stopping or crossing lanes in reduced visibility.

Our school buses travel approximately 11,000 kilometres each day. Because weather and road conditions vary from region to region, decisions about whether or not to cancel a school bus or buses are made as close to the local community as possible.

On a route-by-route basis
Your bus driver will decide whether or not the school bus will run. Our drivers are the most familiar with the weather and road conditions on their routes. When a bus driver decides to cancel the bus because it’s not safe to drive, the driver will notify:

  • parents on the route
  • the school principal
  • the Transportation Director

On division-wide basis
If a big storm is brewing, our Transportation Director will be up early in the morning to gather information and make a decision before 6 a.m. if our school buses will run or not. We also monitor the Weather Network; review Environment Canada reports and gather reports from school bus drivers who live across the division.

If we cancel all school buses across the division – or in parts of the division – we communicate this information as follows:

What can parents do?
Make sure your child is dressed for the weather. If you are concerned about sending your child to the bus stop or school because of bad weather or roads – even if buses are running – you can always keep your child home.

For more information contact our transportation office at 780-674-8510 or email troffice@phrd.ab.ca.