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!
Who decides if the school buses will or won’t run when the weather is bad?
Our school buses travel 11,356 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.
**Note: Even if the school buses aren’t running, schools will be open.
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
- Transportation Director Shantelle Haitel
On division-wide basis
If a big storm is brewing, Transportation Director Shantelle Haitel will be up early in the morning to gather information so she can decide before 6 a.m. if our school buses will run or not. She also monitors the Weather Network; reviews Environment Canada reports and gathers reports from school bus drivers who live across the division.
If we cancel school buses across the division – or in parts of the division – we communicate this information as follows:
- bus drivers will contact parents on their route
- via the bus status report on the division and school websites
- by posting notices on the division website the PHPS Facebook page.
- we advise local radio stations
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 our buses are running – you can always keep your child home.
For more information contact Shantelle Haitel at 780-674-8510.