When the safety of transporting bus students is at risk because of weather conditions, our Superintendent of Schools, in consultation with the Manager of Transportation, may choose to suspend school bus services and/or close schools.
The official notification will be posted on the Parkland School Division website home page.
Weather guidelines that support the decision:
- Wind-chill of approximately -50°C
- Visibility of less than 1 kilometre
- Impassable rural roads
- Temperature of -40°C
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 listening to the designated radio stations to receive the correct information with regard to school closures or bus cancellations.
Local radio stations notified of bus and/or school closures:
CBC - AM 740
CFCW - AM 790
CHQT - AM 880
CHED - AM 630
The Weather Network (TV)
Power 92 - FM 92
CISN - FM 103.9
K97 - FM 97
Mix - FM 96
The Bear - 100.3 FM
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.
For more information contact:
Student Transportation Department
Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8