Transportation During Inclement Weather
The winter weather is upon us, and that means we can expect days when we have transportation delayed or cancelled.
In a typical year, inclement weather days most often mean that transportation may be cancelled, but schools remain open. With fewer staff and students in the building, classroom cohorts are often combined.
COVID-19 makes that impossible this year, so we are having to look at doing things differently this winter.
Parents should expect more school closures either system-wide, or individual schools or families of school areas where the weather is worst, as mixing cohorts is not a safe practice this year. We may also close individual schools if enough staff are not able to safely make it to work because of inclement weather in their area.
On a day that a school or schools are closed, students will shift to asynchronous learning, to ensure learning continues. This is especially important in our secondary schools, where students are learning on a compressed schedule and losing a day of school can be difficult to overcome.
Niagara Student Transportation Services serves more than just Niagara Catholic students. Niagara Catholic may have different needs than our partners in NSTS from time to time. We will make every effort to align with them, but there may be days when our situations are different and one board has all schools open, while another has schools closed. In keeping with our School Operations for Inclement Weather and Workplace Closure Policy, parents and guardians will be notified by 6 a.m. of any school or transportation closure through the Board website and social media channels.
The safety of our students and staff while at school – as well as on their way there – is our priority, and we thank you for your understanding.