Another morning of bitterly-cold temperatures and biting windchills cancelled school buses outside of Ottawa, Tuesday, but some parents in the capital think the call should have been made to cancel buses in the city, Monday morning.
An extreme cold warning from Environment Canada remains in effect, prompting school transportation authorities to cancel buses in the following school districts:
- Renfrew County
- Upper Canada District School Board
- Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
- French-language schools outside of Ottawa
All schools are open. Ottawa school buses are running normally.
Some parents in Ottawa are unhappy with the decision to run school buses, Monday, despite delays on some school bus routes of up to an hour, with windchills that dipped as low as minus-40.
@OttSchoolBus Maybe next time something like this happens you could think about the safety of the students sitting out in dangerously cold temperatures for almost half an hour. ridiculous— Will Clement (@willl_clementt) January 21, 2019
@OttSchoolBus BAD CALL TODAY. 30 mins outside with small children in this weather. You are looking for trouble with this one. Horrible decision whomever made it— Heidi Gannon (@GannonHeidi) January 21, 2019
Definition of dangerously unhelpful: Receiving an email from @OttSchoolBus at 10:17 am advising that the school bus that usually arrives at 8:15 am will be 30 min late. On a day where it's -37. Good thing we decided to drive the kids at that stop, eh? #fail cc @NotreDameOCSB— Doré Charbonneau (@Golden2One) January 21, 2019
My annual shaking my head at @OttSchoolBus decision making is officially today.— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) January 21, 2019
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority decides whether to cancel school transportation based on things like road conditions, precipitation, and visibility. It does not have a temperature criteria for cancelling school buses.