Expect school bus delays in Ottawa Tuesday afternoon, transportation authority says

A school bus full of kids slid off the road in Petawawa, Ont. on Wednesday, OPP said. No injuries were reported. File photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Dominic Chan

As Ottawa gears up for a major snowstorm beginning around midday on Tuesday, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority is warning parents that school buses may be delayed on their routes home.

“Please remember that parents or guardians always have the option to make alternate arrangements or keep their child(ren) at home,” the authority tweeted on Tuesday morning.

The snowfall beginning Tuesday afternoon is expected to unload 30 to 40 centimetres of fresh powder on Ottawa over a period of approximately 24 hours.

While school buses serving English and French schools in Ottawa are still running on Tuesday, other school boards and school bus authorities outside of the city are cancelling classes and services today in anticipation of the snowstorm.

READ MORE: Winter storm starting Tuesday to unload up to 40cm of snow on Ottawa: Environment Canada

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The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario and the Upper Canada District School Board both say all schools and board offices are closed and all transportation is cancelled.

School buses are also cancelled for all French schools outside of Ottawa but those schools remain open.

School buses serving English public and Catholic schools in Renfrew Country are cancelled.

Renfrew County schools, however, remain open.

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