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Changes may be coming to school bus cancellations: NLPS

Northern Lights Public Schools is taking a look at how school buses will operate when the temperature turns downright lousy. The school board says they have received a letter from bus contractors in Lac La Biche requesting a policy change.

The current policy has buses not running when the temp hits -40 without a windchill or -45 with the windchill factor. The contractors are hoping that gets changed to -35 without and -40 with the windchill.

Reasons given for the request include cold weather interfering with newer electrical parts on the buses.

Superintendent Rick Cusson says a current amendment to rules is adding flexibility in what factors are used to determine bus cancellations. Bus drivers and contractors will have an opportunity to provide feedback on those changes.

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An answer to any concrete changes is expected to be given by the end of this year.

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