Update at 10:40 a.m.
Due to the worsening weather conditions, we will be sending students home early today. Forecasts are indicating that this weather is set to continue throughout the day and into the evening, with more snow anticipated.
All schools will remain open and staffed until every single child has been picked up or is safely on a bus. If a child is not able to return home before the end of the school day, they will remain in the care of the school.
Buses will begin running at 11:30 a.m. Students can be picked-up from school at any time. Bus students who are remaining at school until the end of the day will be sent home on their usual bus routes.
Elementary schools will be contacting parents or emergency contacts directly regarding how to get your child safely home. This is beginning immediately. Your child will not be sent anywhere without verbal confirmation of where they are to be dropped off, or who is picking them up. Buses will be available if needed.
Secondary students will be dismissed, as per usual practice. Parents will be notified through the usual electronic messaging from the school. Students requiring specific transportation needs will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
We will continue to monitor the weather situation. Decisions regarding school closures and bus cancellations will be made by 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. As always, our Facebook page is updated with this information (www.facebook.com/CowichanValleySD79) and you can follow the Transportation Department on Twitter (@TransportSD79).
Safety of students is always the first priority, and we make the best decisions we can with the information we have available at the time. Parents are equally encouraged to keep safety in mind when determining whether to take your child(ren) to school in the event the district is open during winter weather conditions. It is your prerogative to keep them home if it is the safest choice.
Thank you for your patience.