Statement

During the fall, winter and spring of the school year, unusual or severe weather conditions can lead to a number of different situations requiring cancellation of some or all student transportation. It is important that School Boards, the schools, the public, the media, vehicle operators and STSWR all initiate or receive the same message. This procedure attempts to simplify this process as it applies to both Boards.

Procedure

For decisions made prior to the start of the school day, every effort will be made to ensure that a media announcement and fan out activation commences prior to 6AM.

Transportation Services Announcements

Once a decision has been made to cancel transportation services (http://www.stswr.ca/wp-content/uploads/STSWR_Inclement_Weather_Cancellation_Evaluation_Process.pdf), one of the following announcements will be communicated to all stakeholders.

COVID Scenario 1 – Weather Impacted Learning Day, All Buses Cancelled, All Schools Closed 

  • Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board are cancelled.
  • All WCDSB and WRDSB schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms or WCDSB and WRDSB Learning @ Home for resources.
  • All before and after school programs and child care centres co-located in schools are CLOSED.
  • All programs and services offered by St. Louis Continuing Education and Adult and Learning Centres will be done through remote learning from home.

COVID Scenario 2 – Weather Impacted Learning Day, Wellesley, Woolwich and Wilmot Township Bus Cancellation and School Closure

  • Due to the current weather conditions SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES in Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich Townships are cancelled for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board.
  • All WCDSB and WRDSB schools and sites located in the Townships of Wellesley, Woolwich and Wilmot are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • All students affected by this announcement should visit their respective virtual classrooms or WCDSB and WRDSB Learning @ Home for resources.
  • All before and after school programs and child care centres co-located in schools are CLOSED.

COVID Scenario 3 – Weather Impacted Learning Day, Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot and North Dumfries Township Bus Cancellation and School Closure

  • Due to the current weather conditions SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES in Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich and North Dumfries Townships are cancelled for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board.
  • All WCDSB and WRDSB schools and sites located in the Townships of Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot and North Dumfries are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • All students affected by this announcement should visit their respective virtual classrooms or WCDSB and WRDSB Learning @ Home for resources.
  • All before and after school programs and child care centres co-located in schools are CLOSED.

Before School Begins

One of the notifications listed above will be communicated in the following way:

STSWR:

  1. Cancellations are posted on STSWR’s home page stswr.ca
  2. STSWR’s “Delays and Cancellations” link (https://bpweb.stswr.ca/Cancellations.aspx
  3. Families have the option of receiving automatic notifications via email through our subscription service https://www.stswr.ca/parents/
  4. Follow STSWR on twitter (@STSWR)
  5. Email/Text to media outlets, WCDSB and WRDSB

School Boards

  1. WCDSB and WRDSB websites
  2. WCDSB and WRDSB twitter feeds

Local Media Outlets

  1. All media outlets listed below:

Virgin Radio      FM 105.3        CKWR Kitchener  FM 98.5

CBC Radio        FM 89.1         CHYM Kitchener   FM 96.7

570 News          AM 570            Dave Rocks             FM 107.5

Country 106.7        FM 106.7   CHUM FM              FM 104.5

Faith FM           FM 94.3           The Beat                  FM 91.5

 

CTV Kitchener                           The Record

City News Channel