During the winter months, inclement weather and/or poor road conditions may cause the disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. In these cases, parents/guardians should develop alternate care/transportation arrangements.
A decision to cancel bus transportation and/or to close schools is made by 6:00 a.m. Decisions are based on several factors including precipitation, air temperature and road conditions. A decision to cancel bus transportation may be system wide (where all buses in Dufferin County and the Region of Peel are cancelled) or municipality specific (where buses in one or more municipalities are cancelled).
If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not operate in the afternoon. Therefore students transported to school by parents require the same transportation home. The following contains important information regarding bus cancellations and school closure notifications.
Bus Cancellations and School Closure Notifications
Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR), the bus consortium that operates student transportation in Peel Region on behalf of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) and Peel District School Board (PDSB) broadcasts, via twitter (@STOPRinfo), school bus cancellations related to all DPCDSB schools by 6:00 am, including DPCDSB schools in Dufferin County.
Service de transport de Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Services (STWDSTS), the bus consortium that operates student transportation in Dufferin County on behalf of the DPCDSB, also broadcasts, via twitter (@STWDSTS), school bus cancellations related to all DPCDSB schools by 6:00 am.
The DPCDSB will immediately retweet messages related to DPCDSB schools through the board's main twitter account, @DPCDSBSchools. DPCDSB parents/guardians and students are encouraged to follow both @STOPRinfo and @DPCDSBSchools to ensure they have the latest cancellation or closure information.
DPCDSB AND SCHOOL WEBSITES: YELLOW ALERT BANNER
The DPCDSB also posts bus cancellation and school closure information and on a yellow ALERT banner that appears on the DPCDSB website, www.dpcdsb.org, and each DPCDSB school website.
DPCDSB PHONE LINES
Additionally, the DPCDSB posts a recorded message on its two main phone lines: 905-890-1221 and 905-890-0708. By calling either of these numbers, a recorded message will advise immediately of any bus cancellations or school closures.
STOPR provides cancellation and closure information to major radio and television outlets in the GTA through its Twitter account. Therefore, if you follow @STOPRinfo, or @DPCDSBSchools, you will receive the same information, and at the same time that media does.
STOPR NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
When parents/guardians subscribe to STOPR's notification system, they receive an email or text message advising of any delays on their child's bus route, as well as all general cancellation notices. Visit www.stopr.ca to register for this service.
STWDSTS Notification System
STWDSTS also has a delay feature on its website. Parents/Guardians and students using STWDSTS buses in Dufferin County can access this feature through the STWDSTS website at www.stwdsts.ca