Snow Days (Inclement Weather)

Below is essential information about how we handle inclement weather and potential bus and taxi cancellation and/or full school closures.


When and How We Announce: If there is a need to cancel buses/taxis and/or close schools due to inclement weather, announcements will be made on the HWCDSB and HWSTS websites and communicated to local media by 6:30 a.m., or earlier when possible. 


How We Communicate: You can expect updates on school closures or transportation changes through the following channels: 


Social Media


  • BOUNCE 102.9 FM 
  • Y108 FM 
  • Energy 95.3 FM 
  • 900 CHML 
  • Lite 92.1 FM 
  • Arise AM 1380 
  • Hot Country 93.9 


  • CHCH Morning Live (TV Channel 11) 


Snow Day (Inclement Weather) Visuals Explained


Schools Open Buses Cancelled

Schools are OPEN
Buses are RUNNING
Go to school as normal



Schools Open Buses Cancelled

Schools are OPEN
Buses are NOT Running
Parental discretion on sending students to school



Schools Closed

Schools are CLOSED
Buses are NOT Running
Do NOT come to school



Guidelines for Parents/Guardians

  • Stay Informed: Check the Board webpage, social media, and local news for snow reports and school board announcements.

  • Unique Situations: There are times when schools may stay open even if buses/taxis are canceled. Consider your neighborhood's situation and decide if it is safe for your child to attend. Parents/guardians, you have the ultimate say in deciding whether to keep your children home when buses have been cancelled.

  • Transportation Cancellation: If transportation is canceled but schools are open and you decide it is safe for your child to attend school, please ensure they can enter the school and arrange for their safe return home.

  • Virtual Learning: If schools close due to snowy weather, teachers will post asynchronous learning materials by 10:00 a.m. Virtual school students will continue with their usual lessons.

  • Childcare Centres: If HWCDSB schools are closed, all school-based childcare centres are also closed.

  • Community Use of Schools: Weekday evening rental bookings are automatically cancelled when schools are closed during the day due to inclement weather. For weekend bookings, school closure and subsequent rental cancellations are at the discretion of the HWCDSB and announced by 7a.m.