Inclement Weather Reminders
During the winter months, inclement weather may cause the disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. In case of poor weather, the decision to close schools and/or cancel buses is communicated to parents beginning at 6:30 a.m.
It is always a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school on inclement weather days.
Since communication is key in alerting families to the status of school operations and busing, we use a variety of methods to communicate this important information including:
Primary Methods of Communication
Halton District School Board website - banner posted on homepage
Halton Student Transportation Services
Telephone recording through the Board’s main switchboard at 905-335-3665 or Toll free at 1-877- 618-3456
Television Stations: CHCH, CITY TV, CP24
AM Radio Stations: CFRB 1010 AM, CJOY
1460 AM, CHML 900 AM,
CKOC 1150 AM, CHWO 740 AM, AM680NEWS, CHAM 820 AM.
FM Radio Stations: CHFI 98.1 FM, WAVE 94.7 FM, Y108/107.9 FM, CING 95.3 FM, KLITE 102.9 FM, CBC 99.1 FM, CIMJ 106.1 FM.
Twitter - School closures and bus cancellations will be tweeted to followers at @HaltonDSB
Email messages on Inclement Weather Days
The Home Notification System will email the parents of approximately 60,000 students (between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.). Parents are reminded there are several reasons these emails could be delayed, including limitations parent’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) receiving our messages, spam protection, as well as other GTA school boards sending messages that morning. For this reason the Home Notification System is supplementary to TV, radio, website and social media.
Inclement Weather Transportation Zones
Reminders for Bus Riders
When bus transportation is cancelled, it is cancelled for the entire day. Parents who bring their children to school when buses are cancelled, must make arrangements to pick them up at dismissal time.
Know which transportation zone you live in by reviewing the Transportation Zone map above
Pay careful attention to the bus cancellation message if your child/children travels from one zone to another for a specialized program. If your child travels into or through a zone where the transportation is cancelled, then there will be NO transportation provided for your child that day.
Dress warmly on cold weather days as school buses may be delayed and your child may be waiting for the bus longer than usual.
Sign up on the Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) website for updates on bus delays or weather-related cancelations at haltonbus.ca
The following schools are located in rural areas and/or may have many bussed students. Therefore, these schools will be designated closed when transportation is cancelled for the day: Kilbride PS, Brookville PS, Pineview PS, Limehouse PS, and Stewarttown PS.
What happens when schools close and/or buses cancelled during high school exam period?
Each secondary school will provide instructions in advance to students/parents/guardians regarding what to do in the event of a school closure or transportation cancellation during the secondary school exam period. This information will be posted on high school websites.
When it’s -20 Celsius or below
When the temperature (with or without) wind chill reaches -20 Celsius, students will enter school immediately upon arrival in the morning and remain indoors during nutrition breaks.