Storm Day Closure Process

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

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During the winter months, school will occasionally be cancelled due to poor weather and dangerous road conditions. Decisions about school closures are made after consulting with Environment Canada and with Transportation and Public Works road crews located throughout the region. Inclement Weather is covered in Policy 310, Student Transportation.

The South Shore Regional Centre for Education makes every effort to inform you of a school closure by 6:00 a.m. If you do not hear that schools are closed by 6:00 a.m., always assume the schools are open.  We generally do not send out communication if schools are open.

How to Know School is Closed

  • Check our Website.
    • On the morning of a school closure, information will be posted to the ssrce.ca website. If you check our website before 6:00 a.m., and there is a green bar at the top of the page stating that schools are open, please check back at 6:00 a.m. in case this gets changed to red – which alerts you that schools are closed. You may have to refresh your page a few times or clear your cookies to ensure you are getting the latest update. If a rare situation occurs where we don’t inform you by 6:00 a.m., but you think there’s a good chance schools may be closed, please check back as we’ll inform you as soon as a decision is made.
  • Check your Phone and Email
    • Messages are also sent through PowerSchool via email to families in the region. Please note that power outages throughout the region can affect social media.
  • Listen to the Radio
    • Listen to your local radio station as they are the first to be notified of any closures.
    • Radio Stations: CKBW, Country 100.7, CBC Radio, QCCR, Cove FM and AVR/Magic 97
  • Watch the News
    • Watch the morning news as they are among the first to be notified of any closures.
    • TV Stations: CTV Atlantic, Global Halifax, CBC
  • Check our Facebook or Twitter
    • Check either Facebook or Twitter for information about the school closure. We will post it on there as soon as we have the information available. The SSRCE Twitter feed can be seen on the SSRCE website home page without having an account.
    • Link to Facebook
    • Link to Twitter

In addition, when school is cancelled during school hours, our elementary schools have organized phone trees which are used to contact parents and/or guardians. Families should ensure their child knows what arrangements are in place for them if school closes early.

School Closure Decision Factors:

Current weather and road conditions, weather and road condition forecasts and, most importantly, the safety of children while walking to school, waiting for the bus or traveling on the bus.

Ultimately, when weather conditions are questionable and schools are open, the final decision as to whether or not your child attends school is always up to you – the parent or guardian.

Back Road Closure Plans

When schools are open, weather and spring weight restrictions can affect bus travel. In these instances, Back Road Closure Plans will be in effect. Students and families living in affected areas are given their plans at the beginning of the school year. If you are unsure if your bus stop has a Back Road Closure Plan, please call the Bus Garage at 902-541-8252.  For late buses, always listen to the local radio station and/or watch the SSRCE twitter feed.

Winter Tips for Families:

  • Do not drop-off your child at school unless you are certain that school is open.
  • Make alternate arrangements for your child in case school is closed during the day. Ensure your child and/or the teacher is aware of these arrangements.
  • If your child is in P-3, please ensure your child’s teacher has written instruction regarding where your child should go if neither you nor the emergency contact can be reached by the telephone tree.

 

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