- March 12 to March 16, 2018: Spring Break (All Schools)
- March 30, 2018: Good Friday Holiday - All schools closed
- April 2, 2018: Easter Monday Holiday - All schools closed
- April 18, 2018: Early Dismissal Volunteer Day for St. Ignatius and St. Patrick High Schools. Buses depart at 12:10 p.m.
- April 27, 2018: PA Day (All Thunder Bay Catholic District Schools)
- May 4, 2018: PA Day (All Lakehead Public Elementary and Aurores boréales Schools)
- May 21, 2018: Victoria Day Holiday - All schools closed
- June 15, 2018: PA Day (All Elementary Schools)
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Inclement Weather Transportation
STSTB reminds all parents/guardians that the decision to cancel or run transportation during inclement weather is based on conditions across a large geographical region and that conditions in certain localized areas may be better or worse than in others. Therefore, it is always the parents/guardians decision to have their child(ren) take the bus if transportation is running, and also keep in mind that buses may not be able to service all areas during adverse conditions.
Bus students and parents/guardian are reminded that extra caution should be taken during the winter months. Please take a moment and review this important information with your children.
· Children should be dressed appropriately for the colder weather. Unexpected mechanical problems with the bus may occur more frequently at this time of year. Children must be prepared for this as buses cool off very quickly.
· Usually cold or stormy weather can result in bus schedules being unavoidably delayed. We encourage parents to use extra caution with children on those days. Children should be accompanied to the bus stop or have very clear instructions on what to do if the bus does not arrive. Never leave children at the stop with no backup arrangements for an emergency.
· Monitor Reported Delays on this website and know your bus route number, name and telephone number of the school bus company to call for updates should the bus be significantly delayed.
· A build-up of ice and snow can create a safety hazard for children waiting at the bus stop. Ensure that your child understands the importance of standing back from the curb as the bus approaches the bus stop.
· Children will find it easier to walk through the ice and snow when their school books and lunches are carried in a back pack. It is also much safer for them to board the bus with their hands free to use the bus handrail.
· Make sure children stay off snow banks piled near the street. While they are attractive for playing on, those snow banks can cause a child to fall into the roadway and in front of oncoming traffic.
Ministry of Education Consultation: A New Vision for Student Transportation
Tell the Ministry of Education how student transportation services can be improved to better serve students, families and communities. Your feedback will help them understand what’s important to you when it comes to student transportation and provide guidance for future policy development such as funding and accountability.
On The Bus - Student Services of Thunder Bay Newsletter, Fall 2017.
As winter weather has arrived the District of Thunder Bay, we are reminding all students and parents to be prepared to adjust to school bus delays and cancellations due to poor weather and road conditions. Not only is it important to dress warmly while waiting for the bus, parents and their children must have a plan in place for what to do if the bus doesn’t arrive or what will happen if busing is cancelled.
One of the most challenging decisions for Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay is whether to cancel busing during inclement weather. The process starts at 5:00 a.m. with the STSTB Consortium Manager receiving reports on weather and road conditions from our contracted bus companies who compile information from experienced, professional school bus drivers living throughout the district. Additional information is obtained from the MTO and municipal road crews and Environment Canada. After reviewing all the data and further consultation with the school bus contractors and area roads maintenance supervisors, the Consortium Manager then decides whether to cancel busing. The decision to cancel is then relayed to the Directors of Education, or their designates, for each school board via conference call for confirmation by 6:30 a.m. Any further decision to close schools remains solely with each school board’s Director or designate.
With such a large area, it is not unusual for weather to be bad in some parts of the district and not others. However, to limit confusion, bus cancellations fall under one of only two scenarios, either Rural-Only or System-Wide (rural and city). As many rural high school routes cross more than one school zone and transfers occur at rural elementary schools it would be confusing to narrow Rural-Only cancellations down to only specific areas. Therefore a rural closure affects all rural areas. Parents may get frustrated if roads in their area look fine, however, travel elsewhere in the district that the bus their child rides on may be unsafe.
Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay understands that cancelling buses in inclement weather has a big effect on families; however, student safety is our number one priority, so there are times we simply must cancel busing in the interest of keeping everyone safe. Once again, we remind all families to have an alternate plan in place should busing and/or schools be closed.
School Bus Transportation Cancellation notices can be found at:
- STSTB Emergency Weather Closure phone number: 625-1661
- Local radio stations