School District 60 has cancelled all buses Monday due to the extreme cold. Schools remain open and learning continues.
Transportation Supervisor Cindy Dettling explains cold weather and school buses:
"School Districts across B.C. do not share cold weather protocols because the geography and climates are so diverse. School District 60 is among the top three3 largest districts (by square km) in the province and our temperatures can vary by 20 degrees from one area to another. It is for this reason that the call to cancel all buses is not a decision that is made quickly or without a lot of consideration. For the most part, the decision to cancel is made on a case by case basis.
"The Transportation Department’s first priority is the get all students to and from school safely. To do this we need parents and students to help us. It is cold outside. Please ensure that all bus passengers have cold weather clothing (coats-boots-hats-gloves). Students who are not wearing winter clothing will not be allowed on the bus. If the student catches a ride to school with a parent or friend and shows up after school without proper winter gear they will be told to return to the school and call for another ride home.
"The school bus drivers of SD60 are professionals and are in tune with the educators' wishes, parents' concerns and supervisor's expectations and ultimately the responsibility for the bus and its passengers rides with them. It is for this reason that the final decision as to whether the bus run is a go or not lies with the driver. If a bus run is cancelled, the driver will contact all parents on the route.
"Please ensure your driver has up to date contact info.
"Everyone has, and is entitled to their opinions on this matter - we ask for your patience as we do our very best to keep SD60 passengers and drivers safe. If you have any questions please call the Transportation Department at 250-263-6426 Mon-Fri 8-4."
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