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Weather Related Cancellations or Closures


Inclement Weather Protocol

From time to time it is necessary to cancel student transportation, classes and/or programs due to severe weather. On rare occasions, severe weather makes it necessary to close schools, administrative offices or sites. These decisions can have a significant impact on thousands of families across Toronto and are not taken lightly. 

If Environment Canada forecasts poor weather conditions (including ice and significant snow), the Toronto Student Transportation Group (TSTG), Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) teams will assess and monitor the situation overnight and into the early morning in order to determine any necessary bus cancellations and school closures. 

  • ​If Buses are Cancelled: Schools will remain open since approximately 83% of TCDSB students do not use a school bus. Families must make alternative arrangements to transport their children to school. Students who receive bus transportation receive updates regarding their transportation via TSTG

  • If Buses are Cancelled and Schools are Closed: The decision to close schools (which would include child cares and Extended Day Programs) will be determined by the TCDSB and TDSB by 6 a.m. in order for families to make alternative arrangements. In addition to updates being posted on our website and on Twitter, families will receive a notice from School Messenger only if schools are closed.

    *Please note that Virtual Schools will not operate and we will not be providing remote learning on days when schools are closed due to severe weather. 

It’s important to note that when schools remain open on days with inclement weather, parents/guardians make the final decision on whether to send their children to school and they can keep children home from school if they so choose. 

For more information, please refer to the Inclement Weather Protocol communication


Stay Up-To-Date on Cancellations or Closures due to Inclement Weather

TCDSB Website

  • Inclement weather cancellation or closure alert will be posted on the TCDSB homepage.

TCDSB Twitter

  • Follow TCDSB on Twitter to receive updates on weather related cancellations or closures.  

Toronto Student Transportation Group (TSTG)