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What Happens During Inclement Weather?
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What Happens During Inclement Weather?

The Limestone District School Board and its schools do have protocols, practices and guidelines for communications and decision-making with regards to inclement weather.

Decisions about cancelling transportation services usually occur very early in the morning of a school day, and are based on the latest information about road conditions and weather forecasts.  Therefore, staff is confident that cancellation of transportation services is required in order to ensure the safety and security of our students.

Bus Routes that have been cancelled due to inclement weather are cancelled for the whole day:  

  • Parents/guardians will be responsible for the return transportation for any student dropped off at school.  
  • Schools remain open in the event of full bus cancellations unless otherwise determined by the Director of Education.
  • Decisions about cancelling transportation services to schools are a collaborative effort between the CEO of Tri-Board Transportation and the Director of Education.  Important information on road conditions and general forecasts within the Limestone District School Board are gathered from weather reports, area weather contacts, transportation operators and staff.
Fog cancellations and delays:

  • When a bus does not travel a route in the morning due to heavy fog, and the fog clears during the day, that bus will pick up students in the afternoon for the return journey.
  • Morning pick-up of students can be delayed up to two hours due to heavy fog.
  • In the event the fog does not lift during the day, a decision to cancel afternoon runs will be made by 12:00 p.m. with schools being notified of the decision at that time.
  • Parents/guardians will be responsible for the return transportation for any student dropped off at school.
How do I find out if buses are cancelled?

  • Visit the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services website at for information and subscribe to their notification of cancellation messages.
  • Visit the LDSB website at
  • Follow us on Twitter @LimestoneDSB
  • In the event of inclement weather, all bus cancellations will be reported by Tri-Board to the local radio stations as early as possible in the morning.
  • Schools will not be closed, except in emergency situations (eg. the 1998 Ice Storm).  This is a rare occurance and must be determined by the Director of Education.
  • Schools remain OPEN even though transporation services have been cancelled to accept students who may not have heard cancellation notices, to accommodate the large percentage of students who walk to school or who are driven by their parents.  Cancellation of transportation services does not always affect these students.
  • Parents/guardians must always use their own discretion when it comes to determining whether or not their child(ren) can safely get to and from their schools during inclement weather.  With due regard to the safety of our staff and students, those who can make their way to school are asked to do so, unless otherwise informed.
When would the Limestone District School Board send students home early?

  • In order to coordinate early bus departures, schools need to be notified two hours prior to departure time.  This allows staff time to notify parents that their children will be arriving home early, or to permit enough time for parents to arrange for their child(ren) to return home safely.
  • The municipalities within the Limestone Board are aware that buses start to take students home around 2 p.m.  The municipalities attempt to have roads sanded or plowed by the time our students travel home.  The worse thing the board could do is send buses and staff out on roads before they have been cleared.
How is a school prepared for Inclement Weather?

  • Each school has an Inclement Weather Team.  This team includes at least an administrator (Principal), a staff member to handle communications (telephone, email, fax), a caretaker who is familiar with the building operating systems (alarms, heating) and sufficient teaching and other staff to supervise students.  The team would respond to the needs of students who come to the school, provide for communications, look after the building, and make decisions on the operation of the site during the weather situation.
When would the Limestone Board close a school?

  • The Limestone Board would close a school due to a flood, fire, the breakdown of a heating plant, the failure of utilities essential for operation, or a similar emergency.  Some extreme weather conditions could bring about school closure.
For more information, please contact:

                Tri-Board Student Transportation Services
                Gord Taylor, CEO
                613-354-1981 ext 324
                81 Dairy Avenue, Napanee

                Limestone District School Board Communications
                Jane Douglas, Communications Officer
                613-544-6925 ext 311

                Karen Smith, Communications Officer
                613-544-6925 ext 314

Last Modified: Feb 17, 2017
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