Winter weather is here

CCRSB News: 
Monday, February 8, 2016

What's your back-up plan when classes are cancelled? 

The days are colder and each dip in the thermometer brings more winter weather, including icy roads, snow and freezing rain. For CCRSB schools, winter weather means the potential cancellation of classes when conditions are considered unsuitable for our students. It also means that parents and guardians need a back-up plan in place before cancellations happen.

Decisions regarding class cancellations are made by CCRSB’s Operational Services Department and generally happen in the early morning (before 6:30 am) and, in rare situations, during the day. Our staff use multiple sources – from weather forecasts to on-the-ground reports from transportation staff, police, and provincial road reports – to make the decision about whether or not to cancel classes. 

We try our best not to have cancellations during the day, but sometimes a non-forecasted change in the weather means that we need to dismiss students early. In those cases, it is really important that our schools have the most up-to-date contact information for parents and guardians. If you haven’t updated your contact information, please get in touch with your child’s school. 

Cancellations during the day can also be complicated by busing. Many buses in CCRSB take students to and from multiple schools, in a set order. The normal drop-off order, at the end of the day, will still apply in the case of cancellation during the day.  

Whether first thing in the morning, or during the day, cancellations due to weather conditions will be announced in several ways:

  • The “All Schools Open” button on the CCRSB home page (www.ccrsb.ca) changes to red or yellow. By clicking on the button, you can get closure information by county/municipality and Family of Schools.
  • A message regarding the cancellation is posted to the CCRSB home page under “News”; to the CCRSB Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ChignectoCRSB); and to our Twitter feed (@CCRSB_Official). 
  • Information is sent to all local newspapers, radio and television stations within CCRSB, including CBC radio in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and CFCY radio in Charlottetown.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we move through the start of the winter season. Please know that all decisions regarding cancellations are made with great care and for the safety of our students.