As the weather becomes colder and potentially more severe, it’s important for parents and students to remember to dress warmly and think smartly, especially when it comes to waiting for a school transportation vehicle. STEO reminds everyone that they should be prepared for potentially bad weather conditions. Here’s what you need to know….
- Parents/guardians always make the final decision as to whether or not it is safe to send their child to school. If parents decide to send their child to school when the weather is severe, the school will be open to receive them. No student will ever be reprimanded for missing school in bad weather.
- Students, should be well prepared for extreme weather and have very clear instructions on what to do if the school vehicle does not arrive. Children should be escorted to their bus stop and parents should remain with them until the bus arrives. Parents should have back-up arrangements in case of an emergency. That plan should be written down, communicated with children and the paper copy put into the student’s school bag.
- Schools rarely close due to snow or cold temperatures. Assume that schools are open unless you hear otherwise through the media or www.steo.ca website.
- Schools need to remain open even under the most severe weather conditions to provide attending students with a safe and secure environment.
- All school vehicles will be running, but could experience delays due to traffic and hazardous road conditions.
Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather
The risk of serious injury from exposure to extreme cold weather is real. Please refer to the articles referenced below for information about prevention, signs, symptoms and treatment of cold weather injuries.
The staff at STEO wish everybody a warm and TOASTIE winter season.
Link to TOASTIE
Cold Weather Injuries: The Hospital for Sick Children
Link to Cold Weather Injuries from The Hospital for Sick Children
Cold Weather Injuries: Know what to look for! Know what to do! Fact Sheet
Link to Frost Bite and Hypothermia Fact sheet
Extreme Cold Canada’s Wind Chill Index: Environment Canada
Link to Wind Chill Webpage
Winter Driving tips for Ontario Drivers: Ministry of Transportation
Link to Winter Driving tips for Ontario Drivers