School Closure

Important: The primary mode of communicating storm closures will continue to be through the news media (radio), however, we will post storm closure notices on our website as soon as possible.

Inclement Weather Procedures

Occasionally, weather conditions can impact school bus service and school operations – especially in the winter.

When it is stormy or road conditions are poor, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Transportation Services staff starts the day before 6:00 a.m. by:

  • Reviewing weather forecasts from different sources, for various areas within the four families of schools*
  • Talking with the local Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal depots
  • Talking with bus drivers from various communities throughout the region
  • Driving on sections of roads.

Based on the forecast, actual weather and road conditions in each area, the school board has the following choices: maintain bus and school operations as usual, close schools, maintain bus services on paved roads only, or cancel bus services.

As the school board region is large, we make separate cancellation and closure decisions for each of the four families of schools.

Cancelled Bus Services and School Closures

When it is stormy or road conditions are poor, make sure school is open and busses are running before you send your children to the bus stop or bring them to school.

The best way to find out if buses are cancelled or if schools are closed is to monitor the local radio or television stations. The CCRSB makes every effort to contact local media by 6:30 a.m. to make the appropriate announcements. We send closure and cancellation notices to:

  • All local radio and television stations within the CCRSB
  • CBC radio in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
  • CFCY radio in Charlottetown , Prince Edward Island

If you have access to the Internet, you can also visit our website and select the “schools open” or “schools closed” link to access up-to-date closure and cancellation information.

We ask that you avoid calling schools on storm days, whenever possible.

School Closures During the Day

The CCRSB rarely cancels school mid-day due to weather or road conditions. However, there may be other factors, such as power outages, that may result in a school closing unexpectedly during the day.

In case school closes early, the CCRSB recommends parents and guardians keep their contact information up-to-date and have alternate arrangements in place for their children.