The decision to dismiss the buses early is not one that is made lightly. The ramifications of such a decision can be chaotic if not coordinated safely. It is important that we do not send children home to an empty house. The school system requires a minimum of two hours to implement an early dismissal. Sometimes the day before, or even as students are being brought in on the morning run, your transportation staff are working with Environment Canada, the Ministry of Transportation, Bus Operators and Police Services to ensure we make the safest decision for your children. If you are in doubt and the weather conditions are deteriorating, it is your prerogative as a parent to go and get your child or make other arrangements to get your child home. You are in no way required to use the transportation service.