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Snow storms, Bus Cancellations and Cold Weather

December 18, 2018

canstockphoto7564829.jpgWith the cold winter season upon us, the Division is prepared to address weather-related emergencies or extreme circumstances in order to keep our children safe in the months ahead. In the event of an emergency, the Chief Superintendent may decide to close all or specific schools and/or discontinue bus service in whole or in part due to severe weather or snowstorms, adverse road conditions or other emergencies. If these actions are taken, it is done with the best interest of student safety.

Bus Cancellations
When the weather is too cold for buses to be running (a wind chill hazard of -45°C or greater) the Metro Superintendents make a decision to cancel buses and relay this message to their transportation departments and administration. This decision is determined based on the weather conditions at 6:00 a.m. taken by Environment Canada at The Forks. 

In the event that buses are cancelled, schools may still be open. Students will need alternate transportation as morning cancellations will remain in effect for the remainder of the day. In the event of inclement weather circumstances occurring during the day, routes may be cancelled throughout the school day. Please be advised that students should not be heading out to the bus nodes during extreme cold weather/snowstorms and families are advised to check our website for bus cancellation updates in the morning. The Division website,, will be updated with announcements found at the top of the home page. The Division will also contact parents via School Messenger (automated information service) to advise them of bus cancellations. The news media will also be alerted to cancellations with information available on CJOB radio and the CJOB website at If you have any concerns about your child getting safely to and from school, please keep them at home.
School Closures
In the event of extremely adverse circumstances, including severe snow storms, the Chief Superintendent may decide to close all or specific schools. The decision to close schools is a coordinated process involving all Metro School Divisions. This decision is based on a number of factors including emergency vehicles access to our schools. In the event a school is closed due to extreme weather conditions, school principals are responsible for communicating this message home to all families via School Messenger.
Exceptions for Phoenix School:
As Phoenix School is the only school in St. James-Assiniboia School Division located outside the city limits, there are specific guidelines in place to determine school closure. When Environment Canada determines that there are blizzard conditions and the TransCanada West Highway is closed at the Headingley weigh station, the decision to close Phoenix School will be at the discretion of the Chief Superintendent.

Cold Weather
For detailed information on cold weather procedures for Early Years Schools, please visit policy JLIAB-R Outdoor Recess Guidelines.
For more details, please visit our Cold Weather Policies: EEAEE-R Cold Weather PolicyEBCD Procedures for storm closures, bus cancellations and other emergencies 



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