As winter approaches, it is important to review the St. Clair Catholic District School Board’s procedures in the event that buses are cancelled due to weather.
Safety of students is the primary consideration when the decision is made to cancel buses in situations of inclement weather and/or road conditions. On occasions when dangerous travel results in school buildings being closed, students must not attend. However, when buses are cancelled but schools remain open, it is expected that parents will determine whether it is safe to send their children to school. It is also understood that, should they decide to bring their children to school, it is the responsibility of parents to deliver them and pick them up at the end of the day at the scheduled dismissal time.
Whenever parents decide to keep their children at home, for any reason, they are required call the school to report the absence.
At the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, on days when buses are cancelled for the day due to inclement weather, teachers will be available to support learning and supervise students who arrive at school. For those students who are unable to attend class on these days, teachers will provide asynchronous learning through their Learning Management System (e.g. Google Classroom). New curriculum will not be taught; however, learning will reinforce objectives previously taught in class. Teachers will also provide feedback to any student whose work has been submitted over the course of the inclement weather day. This is voluntary learning, available to students and families who wish to participate.
If the school is closed for the day due to inclement weather, staff will work remotely from home and will provide asynchronous learning through the Learning Management System. New curriculum will not be taught; however, teachers will be available to provide feedback to any student who has submitted work throughout the day during school hours. Again, this is voluntary learning, available to students and families who wish to participate.
These new measures will help to combat learning loss that can occur, especially during times when frequent snow and ice storms disrupt student transportation. We believe these new strategies will make it possible for all students to continue in their studies from the comfort and safety of their homes, when wintry weather makes travel dangerous.
Director of Education