​Advisory for Cold Weather

During the winter months cold temperatures, wind chill and snow can make getting to and from school challenging.

Our school and other CBE schools rarely close due to snow or cold weather. Assume we are open unless you hear otherwise from us. Information regarding any school closures due to weather will also be posted on the CBE website, on Twitter (@yyCBEdu) and shared with local news media.

During the winter season we remind parents/guardians of the following:

  • Children should be well prepared for the weather and not left unattended at bus stops for any period of time, under any circumstances

  • Families should ensure that they have back-up care arrangements if transportation is delayed. Children should have a warm place to stay before and after school (i.e. with a neighbour or a nearby relative).

  • All CBE schools will remain open to provide a safe, warm and secure environment for students

Learn more about Using Transportation in Cold Weather and Outside Activities Guidelines for Cold Weather.​​​​​

Current Calgary Weather

The Calgary weather forecast that appears on our website is provided by Environment Canada through one of its two Calgary weather stations, and is not school specific. 

The CBE has standardized the weather to use Environment Canada to create continuity for parents, employees and schools. We know that temperatures can fluctuate around our city and we want to ensure that we are all accessing and viewing the same information.

Guidelines are provided for students and cold weather, but if circumstances change, the principal has the final decision. ​​

Inclement Weather

Calgary’s weather is so unpredictable on any given day. It could be nice in the morning and very cold before students are dismissed for home. Please ensure that children are prepared for all weather conditions. In very inclement weather when temperatures and/ or wind-chill create an environment of -20 degrees Celsius or lower, students remain indoors at recess times and are welcomed into the school prior to morning start up times.

On days that are extremely cold or wet, students will be supervised inside the school rather than on the playground just before school starts for the morning and afternoon sessions and at recess. On these days it is best if the students do not arrive at school too early. It is important that your child is appropriately dressed for the weather as we do try and take a recess break each day, weather permitting. The fresh air and exercise at recess are important to your child’s learning.

Patrols | Cold Weather Policy

Please be aware that when the temperature is below -20 degrees or below -20 due to the wind chill factor, the patrols will NOT be on duty. It is unsafe for our students to be standing still at the crosswalk in extreme cold weather conditions. There may also be times during the year when patrollers may not be able to perform their duties, as in the case of field trips. When all the patrols are away on a field trip, an adult will be posted at the crosswalk.

Cold Weather Days

Inclement Weather

Calgary’s weather is so unpredictable on any given day. It could be nice in the morning and very cold before students are dismissed for home. Please ensure that children are prepared for all weather conditions. In very inclement weather when temperatures and/ or wind-chill create an environment of -20 degrees Celsius or lower, students remain indoors at recess times and are welcomed into the school prior to morning start up times.

On days that are extremely cold or wet, students will be supervised inside the school rather than on the playground just before school starts for the morning and afternoon sessions and at recess. On these days it is best if the students do not arrive at school too early. It is important that your child is appropriately dressed for the weather as we do try and take a recess break each day, weather permitting. The fresh air and exercise at recess are important to your child’s learning.

Patrols | Cold Weather Policy

Please be aware that when the temperature is below -20 degrees or below -20 due to the wind chill factor, the patrols will NOT be on duty. It is unsafe for our students to be standing still at the crosswalk in extreme cold weather conditions. There may also be times during the year when patrollers may not be able to perform their duties, as in the case of field trips. When all the patrols are away on a field trip, an adult will be posted at the crosswalk.

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