Inclement Weather

Winter tree lined road. Road covered in snow.

Occasionally, weather conditions can impact school bus service and school operations – especially in the winter. When it is stormy or road conditions are poor, CCRCE’s 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, CCRCE has the following choices:

  • Maintain bus and school operations as usual.
  • Maintain bus services on paved roads only, or cancel bus services.
  • Close schools.
  • Delay opening schools by two hours. For example:
    o If your school day normally starts at 8:30am, it will start 2 hours later at 10:30am.
    o If your morning bus stop is usually 7:30am, it will be 9:30am.
    o School dismissal times remain the same.

As our region is geographically large, separate cancellation and closure decisions are made for each of the four families of schools.

When it is stormy or road conditions are poor, make sure to check if 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 closure information is:

  • Monitor your local radio or television stations
  • Visit the CCRCE website
  • Check out CCRCE’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.
  • Sign up for CCRCE’s inclement weather text notifications below

CCRCE makes every effort to contact local media by 6:30 a.m. to make the appropriate announcements, as well as to post the information to our website and social media pages.

Closure and cancellation notices are sent to:

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

We ask that parents, guardians and students avoid calling schools on storm days, whenever possible.

School Closures During The Day

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

Should a mid-day closure occur, parents/guardians will be notified either directly (in the case of elementary schools), via local media, our website and social media.

School Closures Notifications

Inclement Weather Notification

CCRCE offers text notifications to share information on school closures related to inclement weather. This text list is open to families and community members and is separate from the texts that families would receive from their school.

To receive text notifications, you must using our two- step process.

  1. Please sign up below by adding your cell phone. The accepted cell phone number format is ###-###-####. Any number not entered in this format will not be processed.
  2. Opt-in with our service provider (School Messenger) by texting Y to the shortcode 978338. You should receive a confirmation text from School Messenger. To opt out at any time, text STOP, END, CANCEL, QUIT, UNSUBSCRIBE, ARRET to 978338.

Please note:

  • The opt-in text from our service provider could be delayed up to a week of signing up.
  • If you have already opted in to received text notifications from your school, you will not need to opt in again.
  • The accepted cell phone number format is ###-###-####. Any number not entered in this format will not be processed

For school closures due to inclement weather, texts will be sent by 6:30 AM.

For early dismissals due to inclement weather, texts will be sent once the decision has been made.

   (Required Format ###-###-####)

  CCRCE School Closures Notifications


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