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ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL LITERACY TESTING (OSSLT) STUDENT BUSING INFORMATION

POSTED: Monday February 23, 2015

Note: This does not affect elementary school busing. Grade 10 students will be writing the OSSLT on Thursday March 26, 2015.
The transportation plan to accommodate the OSSLT for students eligible for transportation is as follows:

REGULAR TRANSPORTATION RUNS

  • All regular school buses will run their regular schedule in the morning to pick-up students writing the OSSLT.
  • Additionally, all regular school buses to secondary schools will make a second morning run to pick-up students who are not writing the OSSLT. These second mid-morning runs will pick-up students at their regular designated bus stops exactly three and a half (3 ½) hours later than their regularly scheduled morning pick-up times.
  • All school buses will run their regular schedule in the afternoon to return all students home.

SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION RUNS

  • Please contact your school to confirm specialized transportation plan for the OSSLT day.

 

SCHOOL VEHICLE CANCELLATION INFORMATION

Student safety is always the priority.

Weather related school vehicle cancellations are made by School Vehicle Operators in consultation with the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (the SCSTC) - (reference SCSTC policy TG05 - Weather Related School Vehicle Cancellations). School vehicle cancellations are confirmed between 6:00 am and 6:30 am.
Cancellation information is posted:

Additionally, local radio stations and other media outlets are notified. 

When school vehicle service is cancelled in the morning, the decision remains in effect for the entire school day. Schools remain open for student learning.

 

HOW SCHOOL VEHICLE CANCELLATIONS ARE DETERMINED

Early morning assessments of road and weather conditions are reviewed during a 5:30 am conference call between the SCSTC and School Vehicle Operators. 

Factors for cancellations include:

  • assessment of road conditions;
  • assessment of current and forecasted weather information;
  • assessment of visibility as it relates to the safe operation of school vehicles;
  • assessment of current and forecasted precipitation in the form of snow accumulation and freezing rain as it relates to the safe operation of school vehicles;
  • confirmation if snow plows have been out on the roads;
  • gathering additional information on road conditions from available local services and resources.

School Vehicle cancellations may be:

  • specific to a single weather zone;
  • include multiple weather zones;
  • or a total Simcoe County cancellation.

Simcoe County is divided into four (4) weather zones:

  • North Zone - Midland, Penetanguishine, Elmvale, Orillia and surrounding areas
  • West Zone - Collingwood, Stayner, Wasaga Beach and surrounding areas
  • South Zone - Bradford, Alliston, Tottenham and surrounding areas
  • Central Zone - Barrie, Innisfil, Angus and surrounding areas

Please reference the School Bus Information page for school vehicle cancellations.

 

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What additional information can be found on this SCSTC website? 

  • Preparing your child for their first bus ride - Click here
  • Am I Eligible for Transportation – Click Here
  • Frequently asked questions about home to school busing – Click Here
  • SCSTC Policies – Click Here
  • Daily School Bus status (including delays and cancellation) - Click Here