Severe weather closures
During severe weather conditions, we may need to cancel buses and close schools for the safety of our students and staff. Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) monitors the road and weather conditions early in the morning. We try to make any cancellation decisions by 6 a.m. in consultation with STSWR and Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB).
Questions about severe weather
We try to make any cancellation decisions before 6 a.m. We know many people need to start travelling early, so we do our best to make the decision and get information out about cancellations and closures by 6 a.m. If nothing is posted on our website or social media channels by 6 a.m., it is a regular school day.
We make decisions about bus cancellations and school closures in consultation with Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB).
STSWR bus operators start monitoring road conditions early in the morning. A recommendation to make any bus cancellations or school closures is discussed with both the Directors of Education at the WRDSB and WCDSB.
No. Bus cancellations does not automatically result in schools being closed. Schools may still be open to students who can safely arrive at school.
We will post cancellation information on www.wrdsb.ca and through our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. You can also find out about bus cancellations or school closures through the following media outlets:
- BOUNCE RADIO FM 99.5
- VIRGIN RADIO FM 105.3
- CKGL AM 570
- CHYM FM 96.7
- DAVE FM 107.5
- CJOY “Magic” FM 106.1
- CKWR FM 98.5
- COUNTRY 106.7
- CKBT “The Beat” FM 91.5
- FAITH FM 94.3
- CTV Kitchener
Please visit STSWR’s website for up-to-date information on bus delays and cancellations.
Frigid temperatures are temperatures at -35 degrees Celsius with wind chill or colder. If frigid temperatures are forecasted for 7 a.m., buses will not operate.
Please be advised that Crossing Guards may not be available as a result of frigid temperatures.
We try our best to make it clear that schools are open on days that are snowy, icy or super cold. But this can be tricky as not everyone agrees on what days we should be open or closed. If you do not see a cancellation or closure message by 6 a.m., then schools and buses are operating normally.
Although we may cancel school buses, schools may still be open. If it is safe for students to come to school and buildings are open, they should make every effort to be there.
However, if a parent/guardian feels that it is unsafe to send their child to school, the parent/guardian should call the school attendance line and let the school know that you are keeping your child home. There is no penalty for making this decision.
If you make the decision that it is unsafe to come to school, you should call the school attendance line and let the school know that you are keeping your child home. There is no penalty for making this decision.
Extended Day programs typically operate on days when buses are cancelled. If your child is registered to attend the extended day program, you can drop them off as normal, if you think it is safe to get them to school.
Sometimes we may need to close extended day programs early if the weather gets bad or we may need to close programs on non-instructional days like PD Days. If we need to close these programs, we will announce our decision in the same way as a regular school day. If students are expected to be in an After Care Program, staff will do their best to contact families to come pick their child(ren) up.
In the interest of student safety, if buses are cancelled, WCSSAA games and competitions are cancelled for the day.
If schools are closed, all scheduled rentals are cancelled. If schools are open during the school day, but the weather is forecasted to get worse into the evening, we may make the decision to cancel rentals later in the day. Read more about community use of schools.
Student Transportation Services Waterloo Region provides a service that allows you to get notifications by email and SMS when your bus has been cancelled or is delayed or schools are closed.
You can sign up for alerts on specific bus routes, or general announcements about delays and cancellations.
All WRDSB students, in both the in-person and remote learning programs can access asynchronous learning resources from their virtual learning environment, where applicable, and/or WRDSB@Home for resources. Students may also work on previously-assigned work or spend time reviewing material previously covered.
Other school closures
In the event of temporary school closures due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a power outage, the WRDSB will support the continuity of students’ learning through asynchronous learning resources from their virtual learning environment, where applicable, and/or WRDSB@Home for resources. Students may also work on previously-assigned work or spend time reviewing material previously covered.