Icy roads mean day 4 of school bus cancellations in Ottawa-Gatineau

We still haven't gone a day this week without a significant number of local students having their school buses cancelled because of bad weather.

Widespread cancellations for the first time this week in western Quebec

Some schools around Ottawa have now had their buses cancelled four days in a row. School buses in Ottawa didn't run yesterday and aren't running again today. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

We still haven't gone a day this week without a significant number of local students having their school buses cancelled because of bad weather.

Monday and Tuesday, it was extreme cold.

Wednesday, the snow.

Thursday, it's icy roads because of overnight freezing rain.

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has cancelled buses to Ottawa's English public and Catholic schools.

Buses are also cancelled:

  • for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO),
  • for French schools in the region — except in Kingston, Trenton and Renfrew County.
  • for the Portages-de-l'Outaouais, coeur des Vallées and des Draveurs school boards in the Gatineau area,
  • and for the Western Québec School board with one exception, Maniwaki Woodland school.

There are some cancellations for buses in the Kingston area managed by the Tri-Board service, but other routes are running.

Schools are still open.

Renfrew County's English buses are running today.

This means the Ottawa English Catholic board's exams have been pushed back again.

The CDSBEO asks parents and students to visit their school's website for exam information, or call the school directly.

The UCDSB said unless you hear otherwise, high school exams are rescheduled to Wednesday.