Extreme Cold – School Bus Updates and Cancellations

School Bus Update
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THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – UPDATE – Extreme Cold extends from Manitoba into Northern Ontario. Environment Canada has continued the Extreme Cold Warnings across the region.

Thunder Bay – Lakehead Schools

Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay advises, “If temp incl wind chill is -40 or below at 6 am on Thurs, January. 31, all scheduled student transportation will be cancelled with a decision to offer PM transportation being made based on the day’s forecast at that time.”

All Lakehead School Buses Cancelled

This already has officials with the Rainy River School Board cancelling school buses for Thursday.

Rainy River District Bus Cancellations

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 – Bus Cancellations

  • 101 (Dimit Bus)
  • 103 (Dimit Bus)
  • 104 (Dimit Bus)
  • 105 (Dimit Bus)
  • 106 (Dimit Bus)
  • 107 (Dimit Bus)
  • 110 (Dimit Bus)
  • 111 (Dimit Bus)
  • 112 (Dimit Bus)
  • 306 (Dimit Bus)
  • 235 (Dimit Bus)
  • 205 (Dimit Bus)
  • 225 (Dimit Bus)

Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium

Unfortunately once again, due to the extreme temperatures, all school buses are cancelled for the day tomorrow – Thursday, January 31.  This is the entire service area which includes:

  • Kenora/Sioux Narrows
  • Dryden/Vermilion Bay/Ignace
  • Red Lake/Ear Falls
  • Sioux Lookout
  • Pickle Lake
  • Upsala

These decisions have been made in the interest of student and driver safety.  As at 7:00 p.m. Environment Canada is reporting as follows:

    • Kenora -40 (windchill -48)
    • Sioux Narrows -40 (windchill -48)
    • Red Lake -41 (windchill -48)
    • Ear Falls -41 (windchill -48)
    • Sioux Lookout -40 (windchill -51)
    • Dryden -39 (windchill -50)
    • Ignace -39 (windchill -50)
    • Upsala -39 (windchill -50)
    • Pickle Lake -38 (windchill -51)

All schools remain open.

Judi Green reports:

Technical Difficulties with our Text Alert System

Attention Families,

Some of our stakeholders and families only subscribe to our Text Alert System and not the Email Alerts.  We are having difficulty with our server and the text alerts.  The notification of cancellations has gone to some geographic areas but not all of them.  The media has picked up our Email Alert regarding the system cancellations tomorrow. (Thank you.)   We would like to ask for your help in sharing the cancellation information on social media.

Our website always has up to date information on cancellations  www.nwobus.ca as well.

Thank you for your patience.

Judi Green

General Manager


This article will be updated as news comes in.

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