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)
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.
Text/Email Notices of Cancellations
If you are a parent/guardian of a student currently attending an AVRCE school, you do not need to sign up to receive text/email notices. We will send you text/email announcements of school cancellations using the PowerSchool Alert system and the contact information you have provided your child’s school. This is the same system your school might use to send notices about events and activities. Please be sure to let your school know if your email address or phone number has changed. At any time, parents/guardians can also update their contact preferences using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. You can also contact your school to update your contact preferences.
We also offer Notify Me, a service for school community members (such as grandparents, childcare providers, etc.) to receive text/email notices of school cancellations or other important information from AVRCE. School community members can subscribe or unsubscribe to Notify Me any time at https://www.avce.ca/content/notify-me.