The policies below are in effect as of January 13, 2020.
Cold or Adverse Weather Conditions
In all cases, the Superintendent in consultation with the Essential Services Director has the authority to suspend, cancel or reroute bus service if it is deemed that the safety of staff, students or the general public is in jeopardy.
Bus service in a certain area is to be cancelled by 6:30 AM by the Director of Essential Services when the temperature reaches -40°C without the wind or -48°C with the wind as measured by Environment Canada Data.
This communication will be posted on the Bus Status App, FVSD website and school Facebook pages.
When road conditions such as ice from freezing rain create an unsafe driving condition, or in blizzard condition and there is excessive accumulation of snow during the storm, the decision to cancel a bus route rests with the Superintendent in consultation with the Director of Essential Services.
Other Factors Affecting Safe Driving
Other factors not related to road conditions or temperature may also necessitate cancellation of bus service. For example, periods of heavy fog or smoke may reduce visibility to such a point that it is not safe to drive.
In such cases, each individual driver must make the decision as to whether or not it is safe for them to drive.
Whenever a route is cancelled, it is the responsibility of the driver to contact each family on the route to advise them of the cancellation. Families should be contacted in order of pick up and informed that the run is cancelled and for what duration.
Should a situation arise that would necessitate a cancellation or delay mid-run, the driver should contact the bus garage to assist with the notification of families.
On the previous evening (before 9 PM) or on the day of the planned extra-curricular activity, the principal will contact the Director of Essential Services to discuss the following information:
- School bus cancellations within the division.
- Weather and road conditions within the division. (511 Alberta Data)
- Present weather and road conditions outside the division. (511 Alberta Data)
- Weather forecast for the region. (Environment Canada data)
The principal will use the information gathered from the Director of Essential Services to make a decision with the Superintendent as to whether the planned extra-curricular activity will go ahead or not.
- If busses are cancelled in some locations of the division and a planned extra-curricular activity would bring students into that location, then the extra-curricular activity would be cancelled/postponed for that school on that day.
- If busses are cancelled outside of the division due to weather/road conditions and a planned extra-curricular activity would bring students into that location, then the extra-curricular activity would be cancelled/postponed for that school on that day.
- When a previously planned field trip is expected to travel in or through an area where buses have been cancelled for that day, consideration may be made to continue with the planned trip if weather/road conditions have significantly improved through the day. In such cases, prior to the beginning of the scheduled trip, the school administrator will consult with the Director of Essential Services and then the Superintendent and provide evidence of appreciable improvements.
NOTE: After a bus driver begins transporting students, the bus driver has the responsibility to make the decision as to whether it is safe to continue or not.