Inclement Weather Procedures

posted Nov 8, 2018, 3:45 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Nov 29, 2018, 4:11 PM ]

This is the time of year when we share the District policies on Inclement Weather Procedures (snow!). 

If we are notified by the School District 64 Transportation Department (usually very early in the morning ie. 6:30 am sometimes) of changes to a regular bus run we will when possible: 

-post it on our Fernwood school news page; and also 

-email the "school news" parent list.  

Updates are usually first posted at  (the District homepage). 

There are different scenarios: 


Buses running on MAIN ROADS ONLY (side roads not safe for students to be standing at their stops for example)

·schools are open as normal; staff expected to report for work as normal


•  “Main Roads ONLY” Bus schedule means that Bus 5 picks up from the Vesuvius ferry terminal and runs along Vesuvius Road then turns left at Central and comes up North End Road (it does not run up Sunset or the North End/Southey area at all). Bus 4 Main Roads means the bus leaves the middle school picking up past Central and North End along the way to Fernwood School. 


BUSES NOT RUNNING, but schools open

·most students will likely not attend, but school is open

·staff expected to attempt to come to work; if impossible or if very unsafe after trying, staff can report to a school nearer their home or call in to dispatch and the School to let us know that they will not be able to make it in due to the road conditions/weather, etc.



·only in the most extreme cases would the school actually be closed

·staff not expected to attempt to come to work (unless they are already there)


Buses could  be leaving before the scheduled time, the school will attempt to contact all parents to make sure that they know that students will be bused OR TO BE PICKED UP. Our plan is to deploy all staff to make the phone calls.

Please note that:

• it is very important that parents have updated their contact information in the office

• this includes the names of alternate contacts and their recent phone numbers

• please understand that staff for safety reasons may also be needing to leave the school as well so if you notice snow outside, please call to inquire - we don't mind! 

• if parents arrive at school to pick up their children, they are required to let their Teacher know

• if a student is going to be picked up by an adult other than a parent or recorded alternate, the parent should call the office and let us know; otherwise we cannot allow the student to leave the school