KAWARTHA LAKES-After four consecutive snow days declared and schools in the City of Kawartha Lakes closed as a result, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board has announced effective immediately a return to its “regular” inclement weather procedure.
In the fall of 2020 and 2021 that Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) announced it would operate under a temporary interim inclement weather procedure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the interim procedure, on days when school transportation was cancelled, schools were closed to in-person attendance. Officials say this was done to support student and staff safety at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A number of parents expressed concern on social media about the extended closures given the time students have already lost with lockdowns.
“The decision whether or not buses will be cancelled is made in consultation with bus operators, taking into consideration existing road conditions, weather conditions as reported by Environment Canada, and any other information available at the time the decision has to be made.” stated the board in a press release.
Today the board said it will return to the regular inclement weather procedure effective immediately.
“With the provincial government planning to ease COVID-19 restrictions in the coming weeks, TLDSB will return to our regular inclement weather procedure effective immediately. For the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year on days where school transportation is cancelled due to inclement weather, schools within the affected region(s) of the Board will remain open.”
Officials say parents/guardians will be responsible for transportation of their students who choose to attend school on inclement weather days. Drop-off and pick-up must occur in alignment with the regular school day start and end times. Students who remain at home on inclement weather days can access existing information on their online classroom, however, there will no longer be new materials assigned or online meetings scheduled with teachers on inclement weather days.
In rare circumstances, where extreme weather or other facility situations require a school or multiple schools to be closed, the TLDSB community will be notified as soon as possible via the usual communication channels.
“We thank our TLDSB community for their support as we have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic together over the past two years.” said the board.