Our procedures for each community may vary depending on the busing arrangements and contracts.
If your children are bused by a public school division under our cooperative busing agreement, please contact their office for their procedures and announcements.
When STAR Catholic buses are delayed or cancelled the following guidelines are used to notify parents.
Cancellation decisions are made with as much lead time as possible including the night prior to the cancellation or early in the morning by 6:30 AM. These decisions are made on the recommendation of the Transportation Officer and under the authority of the Secretary-Treasurer.
When the decision to cancel or the need to announce a bus delay is made, then the following steps are taken.
- Bus Status on the starcatholic.ab.ca division website and the school website are updated with a “Cancelled or Delayed” status together with a message.
- An automated dial-out/email system is used to send a message out to the parents for the affected bus routes.
- If required the local radio station is contacted to broadcast the busing message. This is usually only done for bus cancellations.
- School and Division administration is informed of the cancellation.
STAR Catholic School Division normally keeps its schools open even when all buses are cancelled. Parents will still have the right to bring their children to school, when buses are cancelled.