Inclement Weather

When weather conditions place the safety of transporting bus students at risk, the Superintendent of Schools or Inclement Weather Committees for the communities of Airdrie, Chestermere, Crossfield, Cochrane, Kathyrn/Beiseker and Springbank may choose to close schools. The Superintendent and committees may also learn from Bus Contractors that they have suspended bus services. Weather factors that serve as general guidelines in making this decision are:

  • Temperatures of -40 degrees Celsius without wind chill.
  • Reports from bus drivers that many roads are, or will soon be, impassable. This decision is made by bus contractors and will be communicated directly to bus families from their bus driver.

Notification of Closure

We consider several factors when closing schools due to weather. These include current and forecasted temperature and wind chill, road conditions, the amount of snow and ice, school building constructions and school location. This decision is made early in the morning well before school starts or buses are running. Ultimately, the final decision to send a child to the bus stop or to school rests with parents.

We inform parents, staff and media through email. Parents can also keep an eye on Rocky View Transportation's Late Bus App, the Rocky View Schools website home page, the RVS App or RVS' Facebook and Twitter accounts for information about closures. If you have not heard from us and you do not see a school closure announcement, schools are open!

Bus Cancellations/Delays

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 App. Bus cancellations will be for the full day.

Urban route cancellations are recorded on the Late Bus App.  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 be updated on the Transportation Late Bus App.

When checking your bus route status on the Late Bus App, if you see your route as “cancelled” please check the comments on the website as some bus routes are for multiple schools and the bus to your school may still be running.

Parent Responsibilities

During inclement weather, the final decision to send a child 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.

School Responsibilities

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.

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