School Buses Canceled in Parts of GTA Due to Snowfall Forecast

December 1, 2020 Updated: December 1, 2020

School buses in some parts of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have been cancelled Tuesday due to expected heavy snowfall.

In Dufferin County, all school buses are cancelled, according to the Student Transportation of Peel RegionAs for schools, St. Andrew, St. Peter, and St. Benedict and Robert F. Hall are closed for students and staff. Students will instead be taught remotely via their learning management system, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board posted on Twitter.

In Windsor and Essex County, the county’s student transportation service, Buskids, said its school bus services are canceled for Tuesday. However, elementary schools will remain open for in-school learning. Secondary students from Catholic and public school boards are expected to attend their online classes.

Over at Simcoe County, school buses have also been cancelled. But schools will remain open, according to the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB). 

As in previous years. It is always a family decision whether or not it is safe for your child(ren) to leave for school under severe weather conditions,” SCDSB said on its website.

In Halton, school buses are in operation and schools under the Halton District School Board (HDSB) remain open. The HDSB says on its website that any decision to cancel school will be based on student safety, forecasted weather, and road conditions, and whether the buses can send the students to schools within a reasonable time.

In York, school buses continue to operate and schools will be opened, the York Region District School Board said on Twitter. 

As for Toronto, there are no updates to cancel school buses or school.

There is no bus cancellation notice in Durham, according to its student transportation services website. School will also remain open for the day, the Durham District School Board says.

Environment Canada issued special weather statements Tuesday, warning parts of the GTA are expected to be hit by heavy snowfall, which will affect schools and buses.

The agency said parts of the Halton and Peel regions and the York and Durham region could possibly see about five to 15 centimetres of snow by Wednesday morning. As for certain parts of northern and southern Dufferin county, residents could expect 10 to 20 centimetres of snow.

“This snowfall is a result of a strengthening low pressure system expected to move through eastern Ontario into Quebec today into Wednesday,” the federal agency said.

Precipitation associated with this low pressure system is expected to move east of the area by Wednesday.”

Motorists in Newmarket, Uxbridge, and Caledon should be prepared for winter driving conditions, the statement read.