Snow day number 8; buses cancelled today, Feb. 5

A slushy road in Chesterville this morning. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — A start to this school week has been delayed again as Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO) has called off the buses for a second consecutive day.

The transportation entity says that treacherous conditions on secondary roads compelled the decision to cancel the bus runs. Schools remain open for students that can get there.

Today’s cancellation — amid wet, rainy conditions — follows yesterday’s cancellation after the region was doused with some freezing rain the previous evening.

It’s the eighth ‘snow day’ of the 2018-19 school year.

Buses have been cancelled in Ottawa as well.

STEO arranges school buses for the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario as a single transportation system. The province took busing out of the boards’ hands about a decade ago in order to end duplication of transportation services. However, school transportation continues to be segregated along language lines, with French Catholic and French Public boards similarly served by merged busing consortia serving both religious and non-religious schools of the same language (French). Those entities have also called off their bus runs this morning in the region.

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