Anglophone West School
An Important Message to
Parents – School Closures Because of Weather Conditions
School District is committed to the safe and efficient transportation of
students. The District recognizes it may
be necessary to cancel bus runs, close schools, or delay school opening to
ensure students are not endangered by hazards brought on by poor weather and
students attend 69 schools in the following areas: Edmundston, Grand Falls, Plaster
Rock, Perth Andover, Bath, Florenceville-Bristol, Centreville, Hartland, Woodstock,
Canterbury, Nackawic, Burtts Corner, Harvey, McAdam, the greater Fredericton
Maryland, Stanley, Nashwaak Valley, Boiestown, Doaktown, Lincoln, Oromocto, Burton,
Gagetown, Geary, Fredericton Junction, Chipman, Minto and Cambridge Narrows. 261
school buses transport approximately 15,000 students, travelling more than six
million kilometers each school year.
When a decision is made to close school, delay school opening, cancel
bus runs, or delay bus runs, safety is the number one consideration.
Schools open as usual: no communication required.
All schools closed for the day: see “Communication” section below.
A school or schools in a particular zone of the
district closed: see “Communication” section below.
All school bus routes delayed by one hour: On these occasions, all schools in the district will
open at their regular time to receive walking students and drop-off
students. Students arriving late will
not be disadvantaged.
Schools may be closed early on days when it is anticipated that weather conditions
may deteriorate significantly. It is
important that parents have alternate arrangements for their children if they
or another adult will not be at home to receive the students. Please ensure that the school has up-to-date
contact numbers for parents (work numbers, cell numbers, etc.) and at least one
emergency contact. It will be announced
that buses will run their afternoon runs one, two, or three hours earlier than
usual, whatever time is determined.
Power Outage: In
the event that a particular school is without power, the school will be opened
at the regular time, unless otherwise communicated by the Superintendent. In some power outage cases, the decision regarding
school closure for the day may be deferred from 6:00am to 7:00am.
There may be
occasions when a particular bus route is hazardous because of varying weather
conditions throughout the district. In
cases where the bus driver has a safety concern, he or she has the
responsibility to recommend either the cancellation or delay of his/her particular
exercise their right to keep children at home if they believe that the weather
and/or road conditions are not suitable.
Students will not be penalized for such absences; however, parents must
provide a written excuse to the student’s teacher when the child returns to
There are times
when school buses run late for reasons unrelated to weather. Individual school buses expected to be more
than 20 minutes late will be announced whenever possible. Parents are responsible for the safety of
their children at the stop until the bus comes.
2. Grand Falls, Plaster Rock, Perth-Andover
3. Florenceville-Bristol, Bath, Centreville, Hartland, Woodstock
4. Canterbury, Nackawic, Burtts Corner, McAdam, Harvey
5. Stanley, Boiestown, Doaktown
6. Greater Fredericton Area (including New Maryland,
Keswick Ridge, Nashwaak Valley)
7. Oromocto, Geary, Burton, Lincoln, Fredericton Junction
8. Chipman, Minto
9. Cambridge Narrows, Gagetown
The Superintendent of
Schools makes the decision to close schools after district transportation
personnel provide current information about weather and road conditions. The school district transportation department
has access to current weather and road conditions throughout the district
through the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure road supervisors, a
contracted weather information service provider, as well as other internet
sites. Inclement weather predictions are
monitored closely throughout the prior evening and again from 5:00 a.m. onward.
It is a school-based
decision to use voice-messaging, if available. Parents should not rely on this means of
notification for information about school closures. Announcements
will be made on local radio stations, through a recorded message that can be
heard by dialing the district public information line at 1-888-388-4455 (toll
free) or 453-5454 (local calls) any time after 6:00 a.m., and by checking the district
The following is a
list of radio stations that will be notified of a school closure/delay for
• CFAI – 101 Rock
• CBC – Radio One
• Capital FM
• CFRK – Fred FM
• CIXN – Joy FM
• CINB – New Song FM
• CBC – CBC Radio
• The Wave