In Ontario, the fine for passing a school bus with it’s stop sign and red lights activated is $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first offence. Each following offence is $1,000 to $4,000, and six demerit points. More importantly, school buses carry our future. Please watch for students!
Fog and Reduced Visibility
If a bus cannot safely stop to make a pick-up/drop off due to reduced visibility, the driver has the discretion not to make the stop for the safety of students at the stop, students already on the bus, and other motorists.
When stops can’t be made, the Consortium will attempt to contact the parent/guardian. In some cases we may not be able to notify parents.
Please be reminded that parents are responsible for the safety and conduct of students to/from and at the bus stop, including having a back up plan in case the stop cannot be made.
For more details please reference Procedure 110.
What to do in EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURES
Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather when riding the bus and waiting at the bus stop.
When the temperature reaches –35° C (not including wind chill) as reported by Environment Canada at 6:00 a.m. school buses will be cancelled. When buses are cancelled in the morning due to extreme cold, they may run in the afternoon if forecasted temperatures allow.
In the event of cancellations, text message alerts will be sent to subscribers and the bus status on www.nwobus.ca will be updated.
Schools usually remain open in periods of extreme cold.
School Bus Safety with Buzzy Bee
To watch and learn the A-“Bee”-Cs of school bus riding safety with Buzzy the Bee, and find more information for new bus students and families click here!