KENORA – Consistent with January weather in Northwestern Ontario, temperatures have dropped and will continue to do so overnight. All buses are scheduled to run in the morning. The threshold when the bussing system is shut down for cold weather is -38 C, (this has changed from the former -40 C).
Temperatures are not expected to go below -38 in any of our areas.
Manager Judi Green says, “Wind chill is not factored in as it is a reality in the North and the buses are equipped to run in the cold under normal winter conditions. If wind chill were considered, the buses would be shut down for the better part of the winter.”
Communication has occurred with each of the bus operators today and they have indicated that they are ready to go in the morning after the two week break. Although the school bus system will be running, it is still a parental decision on whether to use the service if there are those who disagree when the buses should run.
On the other side of this, we get many concerned calls from parents regarding loss of instructional days when buses are cancelled. Decisions are always made with student safety as the primary concern.
“Please ensure that students are dressed appropriately getting to and from their school bus service,” said Green.