​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. ​​

Please ensure that your child is properly dressed for the temperature to be outside over the morning and lunch recess times. When it is -20 C or colder (this includes the wind chill factor) we will be keeping the students indoors. Otherwise we will take advantage of the opportunities for exercise and fresh air. If you prepare your children for winter weather theycan still have fun outside. 

Here are some tips on how to keep them warm while outdoors:

  • Dress them in layers.
  • Always have them wear a hat or toque that covers their head and ears. 10-55% of body heat can be lost through the head.
  • Have them wear a neck warmer instead of a scarf to keep warm and reduce potential for injuries while playing.
  • Make sure they have mittens or gloves to keep hands warm.
  • A 'windproof shell' is also a good idea to keep out the cold during the windy winter months.

Please label your child's clothing. An overwhelming amount of clothing items end up in our Lost and Found bin. Please encourage your child to regularly check the bin for their lost items.

Severe Weather

Parents/guardians always make the final decision as to whether or not it is safe to send their child to school. If parents decide to send their child to school when the weather is severe, the school will be open to receive them. No student will ever be reprimanded for missing school in bad weather.

Weather Information

Environment Canada is the source of our weather information and direct observation will be the source of rainy day decisions. When temperatures of –20 and below (including wind chill) are reported, or it is raining heavily, it will be declared a time for inside entry and school patrols will not be on duty.

Cold Weather Days

Please ensure that your child is properly dressed for the temperature to be outside over the morning and lunch recess times. When it is -20 C or colder (this includes the wind chill factor) we will be keeping the students indoors. Otherwise we will take advantage of the opportunities for exercise and fresh air. If you prepare your children for winter weather theycan still have fun outside. 

Here are some tips on how to keep them warm while outdoors:

  • Dress them in layers.
  • Always have them wear a hat or toque that covers their head and ears. 10-55% of body heat can be lost through the head.
  • Have them wear a neck warmer instead of a scarf to keep warm and reduce potential for injuries while playing.
  • Make sure they have mittens or gloves to keep hands warm.
  • A 'windproof shell' is also a good idea to keep out the cold during the windy winter months.

Please label your child's clothing. An overwhelming amount of clothing items end up in our Lost and Found bin. Please encourage your child to regularly check the bin for their lost items.

Severe Weather

Parents/guardians always make the final decision as to whether or not it is safe to send their child to school. If parents decide to send their child to school when the weather is severe, the school will be open to receive them. No student will ever be reprimanded for missing school in bad weather.

Weather Information

Environment Canada is the source of our weather information and direct observation will be the source of rainy day decisions. When temperatures of –20 and below (including wind chill) are reported, or it is raining heavily, it will be declared a time for inside entry and school patrols will not be on duty.

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