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W. Earle Miller Public School
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Transportation Cancellations due to Inclement Weather

February 22, 2019

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Student safety is our main priority at District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1).  The Northern Ontario climate can sometimes cause the cancellation of student transportation.  That decision is made between the North Eastern Student Transportation, the three school boards who are part of the consortium, as well as transportation operators who review weather reports and road conditions. 

Our schools remain open for students when transportation is cancelled, except for Elk Lake, Kerns and Temagami Public Schools.  

We encourage families who can safely bring their child to school to do so. DSB1 remains committed to providing students with valuable learning opportunities on days where transportation is cancelled. 

Where it is not possible for a student to attend school due to inclement weather, we encourage families to check online portals to see if lessons or activities have been assigned by your child's teacher.  There are many meaningful activities for students to take part in during these days such as reading, math games, and catching up on material to study.  You can also find great learning activities through e-resources and apps on the following topics:  

  • Reading – Students can choose from over 1,400 fiction and non fiction books from our digital library.  Students can access the library at http://dsb1.lib.overdrive.com and log in using the same credentials as they would to access a computer at school.
  • Math - TVO mPower is a creative online game that supports the development of foundational K-6 math skills and STEM skills.  It can be accessed at https://mpower.tvo.org.  Designed and developed with Ontario students and educators, TVO mPower games support the Ontario curriculum and foster positive attitudes toward math. 
  • Learning to Code: Essential Skill for the 21st Century - Learning to code is quickly becoming an essential skill of the 21st century. In this changing world, computer literacy is becoming a more and more important part of society. Students can access a safe learning environment at www.code.org or try www.scratch.mit.edu
  • Digital Citizenship - With the digital world playing an ever increasing part of our daily lives, it is important to develop digital citizenship skills. www.CommonSense.Org is a not-for profit group that supports parents and educators in developing positive digital citizenship skills in students from grade 3 through 12.  Additional grade-specific resources can be accessed at  www.digitalpassport.org (Grades 3 to 5: Digital Passport), www.digitalcompass.org (Grades 6-8: Digital Compass), http://digitalbytes.commonsensemedia.org (Grades 9-12: Digital Bytes)

We appreciate that the cancellation of student transportation can put pressure on families.  We want to reassure you that the decision is always done with your child's safety in mind.