At least one school bus slid off the road today, despite a long delay before sending students home.
The bus was transporting students home from Belfast Consolidated School in Kings County when it slid off the Gillis Road and into the ditch, said one parent.
There were approximately 15 to 20 students on the bus at the time, said the parent.
One student who was on the bus, told The Guardian that some of the younger children were crying.
School officials were on the scene within minutes and took the students off the bus to a neighbouring house where family members later picked them up.
Island schools held students back for an additional 30 minutes, on top of the one-hour delay originally announced in order to allow ice conditions to improve.
The decision by the English Language School Board was made after the noon hour when weather conditions changed from the original forecast, said John Cummings, director of corporate services for the board.
Extensive consultation early in the day suggested that the freezing rain period would follow after snow, and would be short. That did not happen and the icing problem had the board rapidly reassessing the situation, said Cummings.
The decision to delay has happened in the past, he said, but he did not have dates at hand.
Board staff remained on duty and answering phones well past regular office hours until all students were safely home, said Cummings.
The RCMP said that by 3 pm., icy roads led to numerous traffic accidents.
"We've had 26 crashes since 11 am, 10 in Prince County, 12 in Queens County and four in Kings County," said Sgt. Andrew Blackadar, RCMP spokesperson.