School Closures & Inclement Weather
When the safety of transporting bus students is at risk because of severe weather conditions, our Superintendent of Schools, in consultation with the Manager of Transportation, may choose to suspend school bus services and/or close schools.
Please note: Except in very special circumstances, PSD schools always remain open on school days.
Official notifications regarding suspension of bus services or closure of schools will be posted on the Parkland School Division website home page.
Suspension of School Bus Services
Any of the following factors, or a combination of them, shall serve as an indicator that severe weather conditions exist:
- Temperature, experienced with or without wind-chill, of -40°C or below;
- Visibility of less than one kilometer;
- Reports from bus drivers and/or counties or municipalities that rural roads are, or will soon be, impassable; and/or
- Notification of severe weather through Alberta Emergency Alert.
The final decision to send a child to the bus stop or to school rests with parents, even though buses may be operational. Parents are responsible for watching / listening to local TV or radio news programs to receive the correct information regarding bus cancellations.
Parents should ensure that students are dressed appropriately while travelling to and from school during inclement weather conditions. The temperatures on a school bus can drop dramatically in the event of mechanical problems.
“School buses are not running” means buses are not running for the entire day but the school is open to students for parents who wish to bring their child(ren) to school. Hot lunch will not be served and students attending must bring a bagged lunch.
View School Bus Status Online
Transportation Services maintains a real-time list of the status of all PSD school buses. To view the status of your child's school bus (e.g. Operating, Delayed, Not Running), visit PSD's Bus Schedule page.
For more information contact:
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