Snow Routes

In preparation for weather-related transportation issues, Student Transportation of America (STA) has established snow routes for areas that are typically affected by inclement weather. This means that certain stops on certain routes will have alternate pick-up points to allow buses to avoid potentially hazardous roads, keeping student riders safe. All routes not listed on the snow routes list will operate as usual. Families will be notified that buses are on snow routes via FlashAlert, the same method used to announce delays and closures.

In rare instances, quickly changing road conditions could shift transportation plans. A bus driver may deem a road unsafe for travel and will notify dispatchers. Dispatchers will then communicate with families about alternate transportation plans.

School Delays and Closures

When inclement weather indicates a potential need to close schools, the district works closely with Student Transportation of America to determine the condition of area roads for travel. When a trial run of our routes indicates unsafe travel, the district will announce school closures or delays sometimes the night before, but our goal is by no later than 5:30 a.m. on the day of the weather event.

The district communicates with our parents, students, and families primarily through FlashAlert. Please sign up to receive notifications from Canby School District through FlashAlert. Read on for how this will help you receive timely notifications on an inclement weather day:

  1. Our closure/delay information is posted into the FlashAlert system. The notice is sent to all media (television, radio, newspapers) where it can be viewed immediately on the FlashAlert web site and on all major news websites under "School Closures."
  2. The closure or delay information is then posted to the district website. This message is posted within minutes of the decision to close/delay.
  3. Email notifications are automatically sent from the FlashAlert system as soon as the closure/delay has been posted. These are sent/received within moments of the initial posting. You can sign up to receive these notifications from the link posted above.
  4. Television stations will broadcast school closures/delays, usually as a crawl at the bottom of the tv screen. These are picked up from the earlier notification and entered into their system manually so it may take at least 15 minutes and sometimes much longer. Please check multiple stations if you don’t see Canby listed at a time when it seems obvious that closure might be announced. Don’t rely on one source.
  5. Area radio stations will announce closures. Several radio stations also broadcast the closures in Spanish.

Sometimes the weather is fine when buses start out but may become worse after students are in school. In this case, we notify the media of an early dismissal and use the same notification process as outlined above. Parents also receive a phone call from school when an early dismissal decision is made. The buses then deliver students back home or to the emergency drop off location indicated on the student enrollment form.

During inclement weather, the district’s first priority is the safety of its students and staff. We strive to make the best decision possible with the information at hand in a timely manner. When the conditions are questionable, the district will choose the safest option available. These decisions are not made lightly as we value each and every instructional day for our students. We appreciate your patience as we work through these difficult decisions.