Niagara Region schools back open but buses are down


Published January 19, 2022 at 8:49 am

Niagara schools are open today but their buses are not running.

Both the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) and the Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB) have reopened today but students might have a problem getting to their classes.

The Niagara Student Transportation Services (NSTS) announced at 6 am that the buses will not be running today, stating that “transportation is cancelled due to so many bus stops inaccessible within neighbourhoods.”

The NSTS further noted, “Parents are advised to supervise their children on the journey to school as some sidewalks are still inaccessible.”

That means parents have to find a way to get their children to classes that will likely be less than a quarter full.

Both the French school boards in Niagara opted to keep their schools closed today.

One parent seeing the post questioned the wisdom of opening schools at all this week. “In regards to the school busses not running today. Why not keep the kids home Thursday as well? Flashing freeze over night tonight! The busses won’t run because of all the ice! The Catholic board have a PA day Friday anyway. This way the parents can plan for Monday. By that time everything will be cleared. Why not be proactive!”

Another worried about the safety of walking to school with so many sidewalks still out of commission. “Not a single sidewalk is plowed near my kids’ school. (With) the hills at the corners from the snow on the road, you can hardly see of a car is sitting there. SO many kids will be walking on roads today. I hope every driver pays extra attention to the kids and to road conditions.”

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