The staff at Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services ("STS") would
like to thank the bus companies, especially school bus drivers and mechanical staff,
for their hard work over the winter. With April upon us, the worst of winter weather
should be over for the season.
Bus yards come to life long before the first student boards. Every morning, there
are teams of people at bus branches throughout the district, including mechanics,
supervisors and dispatchers, ensuring the buses are ready at the start of the service
day. Staff review weather conditions to get the best information possible before
During the depths of winter, or during heavy rain or light fog, there are days where
the weather may not result in cancellations, but the conditions on the road require
extra vigilance. The school bus driver behind the wheel uses extra caution whenever
there is any kind of inclement weather on the roads, so parents and guardians can
rest assured their students are in good hands. While it may mean the buses run slightly
behind the normal schedule, professional drivers adjust their speed to conditions
during such circumstances to put safety and student well-being first.
So far this school year, there have been three system-wide cancellations, but students
in the counties had several additional days where service did not operate due to
weather conditions. January and February saw clustered weather events with multiple
days of freezing rain and extremely cold temperatures. These events are taxing for
bus operations and communities alike, as uncertainty about service can cause problems
for child care. STS would also like to extend its thanks to the parents, guardians
and other stakeholders for their patience during the winter months.