Snow days could close some schools with local catholic board this year, but there’s still the virtual classroom

Public Board doesn't plan to close any school on inclement weather days

Snow Days could be a bit more frequent for students with the Simcoe Muskoka District School Board, whether they take the bus or not. Public board kids might not be able to say the same.

Either way, school work will have to be done virtually.

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) informed parents this week that when bus transportation is cancelled in a child’s weather zone, schools will be closed in those same zones. That means all students, including those who walk or are dropped off, cannot attend on those days. Students will be expected to log into their virtual learning environment and complete the day’s school work from there.

“We understand and empathize with families who may have difficulties finding child care for their children so they can attend work. However, in this COVID-19 environment, we must make difficult decisions in order to ensure that the health and safety of students and staff is our primary focus,” reads the letter sent home to parents of the SMCDB.

However, those schools within the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) will remain open on inclement weather days, despite any bus cancellation. Those students who cannot get to school due to a bus off the road will be able to access learning materials on the digital learning platform assigned by their teacher.

The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) oversees school buses in the region and has separated the geography it oversees into four weather zones. The north zone covers areas such as Elmvale, Midland, Penetanguishene, and Orillia. The south zone encompasses areas like Alliston, Beeton, Bradford, and Tottenham. Barrie, Innisfil, and Angus can be found in the central zone, while the west zone includes Collingwood, Stayner, and Wasaga Beach areas. A detailed breakdown can be found on the SCSTC website.