Storm Days/School Cancellations

When it comes to weather and road conditions, student safety is our first priority. With approximately 90% of AVRCE students travelling by school bus, the decision to cancel or change bus transportation and/or school schedules is taken very seriously. We appreciate that changes to transportation and school schedules have an impact on your family.

Decisions around school cancellations are based on information received from professional weather forecasting services, contact with Department of Transportation depots, and from AVRCE staff checking on-the-ground conditions. Decisions to cancel or change bus transportation and/or school schedules before the start of the school day are announced as close as possible to 6 a.m.

Any changes due to road or weather conditions, or other unforseen circumstances, are announced in several ways:

  • Text/email notices through PowerSchool and Notify Me (see information below)

  • Twitter: Follow @AVRCE_NS

  • Radio (AVR Network, Magic 94.9 FM, K-Rock 89.3 FM, and CBC Radio 1 in Halifax)

  • Television (CTV Morning Live Atlantic)

  • Websites (www.avrce.ca

  • Recorded message on the AVRCE Regional Office phone line, 902-538-4600 or 1-800-850-3887 (for early morning cancellations)

Bus Driver Discretion

Sometimes we announce that schools are open but bus drivers will use discretion on side roads. This means that road conditions are generally good, but some side roads may be unplowed or slippery, so a bus driver may choose not to travel these roads if they think it isn't safe to do so. Schools are notified and will try to contact families on affected roads. If a bus doesn't travel a road before school, it will not travel that road after school.


Download a pdf infographic on AVRCE storm day and school cancellation procedures


Text/Email Notices of Cancellations

AVRCE uses PowerSchool to send messages to parents/guardians about school cancellations or other urgent situations. This is the same system that many schools use to send information such as attendance and newsletter notices to parents/guardians by text, email and sometimes by phone.

AVRCE will send early morning school cancellations due to weather/road conditions or power/water outage by text and email using PowerSchool. Unplanned early dismissal messages during the day will be sent by text, email and, in some cases, by phone using this system.

Contact information you provide to the school on your child’s registration form will be used to send these messages. Parents/guardians can maintain their contact information and contact preferences using the PowerSchool Parent Portal or by contacting the school office directly.

We also operate Notify Me so those who do not have parent/guardian information on file with a school—such as grandparents and childcare providers—can receive text/email cancellation notices. You can unsubscribe or subscribe to Notify Me any time at  

Notify Me

To receive notification of school closings and other important announcements, please subscribe to our notification system.

Contact us

121 Orchard Street PO Box 340 Berwick NS Canada B0P 1E0
  • Toll Free: 800-850-3887
  • Phone: 902-538-4600
  • Fax: 902-538-4630

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