When weather conditions place the safety of transporting bus students at risk, the Superintendent of School or Inclement Weather Committees for the communities of Airdrie, Chestermere, Crossfield, Cochrane, Kathyrn/Beiseker and Springbank may choose to suspend school bus services and/or close schools. Weather factors that serve as general guidelines in making this decision are:
- Wind-chill of approximately -40 C
- Reports from bus drivers that many rural roads are, or will soon be, impassable
Local broadcast and radio stations will be notified of bus/school closures no later than 6:30 am. Parents are encouraged to listen to:
- Radio - Air 106.1, 91.5 FM CBC, CHFM Lite96, 66 CFR, JACK FM, QR77, Country 105, CKMX 1060, CJAY 92
- Broadcast - CTV, Global, City TV
Specific bus routes or portions of routes may be cancelled when the driver feels it is unsafe to operate due to weather or road conditions.
Rural bus driver's will notify all Rural parents of bus cancellations only. The information also will be recorded on Rocky View's Transportation Late Bus Line at 403.250.0016. Bus cancellations will be for the full day.
Urban route cancellations are recorded on the Late Bus Line. Please note Urban families do not receive phone calls.
Bus routes that are delayed in the morning due to mechanical problems, weather, or road conditions, will operate on the afternoon trip home.This information also is available by phoning Rocky View's Transportation Late Bus Line at 403.250.0016.
During inclement weather, the final decision to send a child to the bus stop or to school rests with parents, even though buses and schools 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. Should you drive your child to school when bus service is cancelled, it is your responsibility to pick the child up from school at dismissal time.
Parents should ensure that students are dressed appropriately while traveling to and from school during inclement weather conditions whether they are riding the bus or walking. The temperatures on a school bus may drop dramatically in the event of mechanical problems.
Once school begins for the day, it will not be closed because of weather conditions until regular dismissal time. Should it be deemed unsafe to dismiss students at the usual time (with the exception of Morley), students may be kept at the school until it is deemed safe for the buses to depart, or until other arrangements have been made. Problems with heating and plumbing etc. at one school may result in students being housed in another location until dismissal time.
Information regarding inclement weather closures is distributed by local schools in October.