Friday, November 20th, 2020
An Emergency Home Day is when schools are temporarily closed for the day due to snow or power outage or some other emergency.
In parts of our District, severe weather conditions can make it difficult or dangerous to drive, transit, or walk to school. Always be prepared for unexpected road conditions and unforeseen delays along your route. Ensure you check the weather forecast before leaving home. For regular updates on highway conditions, visit Drive BC.
If you are walking to school or work, be sure to dress warmly and be careful on the roads.
For Schools and Students
The District decides whether or not to call an Emergency Home Day as early as possible. In our District, the decision can also vary from one Family of Schools to another due to the diverse geography of the area – over 55,000 sq. km. Power outages, lack of ferry transport, snowfall, stuck busses, etc. can all impact this decision. An Emergency Home Day will be announced in the morning as early as possible. Decisions for each area are made separately and then posted online and on the SD8 App. Employees, parents, and students are notified on the SD8 App, by email, emergency text message, and other media.
Bus Delays/Buses Taking Children Home in an Emergency
Students are to wait at their assigned bus stop no longer than 15 minutes for pick-up.
If buses are called early to take students home on an emergency home day, elementary students whose parents are not at the stop to meet the bus will remain on the bus. The driver will notify dispatch and inform the dispatcher that they have waited at the stop and are proceeding with the student on board. If possible, they will drop off on their return trip or take the student back to their school. School staff will remain at the site and stay with the student until parent contact is made and arrangements are made for pickup.