BUS CANCELLATIONS AND SWITCH TO REMOTE LEARNING
During the winter months, inclement weather and/or poor road conditions may cause the disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations.
In October 2021, DPCDSB switched to a protocol where schools located in Peel Region were grouped in designated transportation zones (please see below) and if buses were cancelled in a specific Zone, all schools in that Zone were closed to students and students switched to remote learning for the day. Our Dufferin County schools are served by a separate transportation consortium and those three schools (St. Andrew, St. Benedict and St. Peter in Orangeville) along with Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School in Caledon East, which has a significant segment of its student population that travels from Dufferin County, are identified as Dufferin County schools. The same applies to these schools in the event of a bus cancellation.
Parents are advised to ensure their child(ren) has access to a device in the event schools switch to remote learning. Should you require a device, please contact your child(ren)’s school.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF IN SCHOOLS
- The school will be closed to students and staff.
- Students will switch to remote learning for the day and log on to their Learning Management Systems (LMS), to participate in live learning.
- Teachers should follow their regular daily schedule from bell time to bell time, including lunch and/or recess. The instructional day will mirror the regular day (i.e., including recesses and lunch break and start and end times) All teaching and learning is to be live.
- Full-time remote learners and remote educators will continue with their regular remote learning program on that day.
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION ZONES
For student transportation purposes, Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon (Peel Region), which are served by Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR), are divided into three zones, ZONE 1, ZONE 2 and ZONE 3. DPCDSB schools located in Peel Region are assigned to one of these three zones. See the attached listing of the schools located in each of the three zones to find which zone your school is located within.
For student transportation purposes, DPCDSB's three schools located in Dufferin County (Orangeville) (St. Andrew, St. Benedict, St. Peter) are served by Service de Transport de Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Service (STWDSTS). Although R.F. Hall Catholic Secondary School is located in Peel Region, a significant segment of the school’s student population is transported from Dufferin County by STWDSTS.
WHAT IF MY SCHOOL IS LOCATED IN A ZONE THAT IS OPEN BUT IS SERVICED BY BUSES THAT ORIGINATE IN, OR TRAVEL THROUGH, ANOTHER ZONE WHERE BUSES ARE CANCELLED?
This scenario would only occur at a few DPCDSB schools. Additional messaging will be sent to families of those schools.
ANTICIPATED BUS DRIVER ABSENCES DUE TO COVID-19
Over the next little while, it is anticipated that bus driver absences due to COVID-19 will impact the ability of STOPR and STWDSTS to service all DPCDSB bus routes on a regular basis. While every effort will be made to maintain bus service to the extent possible, driver absenteeism may result in significant delays and/or temporary bus cancellations. If a spare driver cannot replace an absent regular driver on a route, a route may be cancelled for a period of time consistent with current public health self-isolation requirements (in most cases, for up to five days).
STOPR and STWDSTS will make every attempt to post notifications of delays and/or cancellations as soon as possible. Alerts will include late bus route/run information, cancellation notifications, and anticipated return to service dates. Parents/guardians are reminded to check the STOPR website or STWDSTS website, and if they haven’t already, create an account to sign up and receive service alerts. Updates are also available on Twitter at @STOPRinfo or @STWDSTS.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THERE IS A BUS CANCELLATION?
Bus cancellation notices are usually posted by 6:00 a.m. or shortly afterwards in the following ways:
• Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR)
• Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Services (STWDSTS)
• DPCDSB (Yellow Alert Banner)
• Twitter: @STOPRinfo or @STWDSTS
• Twitter: @DPCDSBSchools | Instagram: @DPCDSB.Schools | Facebook: @DPCDSBSchools
RECORDED PHONE MESSAGE
If you have questions related to bus cancellation days, please contact your child(ren)'s school.