Cold Weather Days


Cold weather days provide challenges in all elementary schools. Providing parents with the safety plan we have in place at Midnapore School, we hope will alleviate concerns.:

  • When the temperature drops below –22 degrees Celsius we keep the children inside.
  • Between approximately –16 and –22 degrees, school administrators will determine whether the conditions necessitate keeping the children indoors or favorable enough to give them the option to go out for a bit of fresh air. On such days, the children are informed that if they get cold they are welcome to come inside and warm up.
  • When the temperature is minus –16 or warmer we have outdoor recess/lunch so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately with hats, mitts, snow pants and scarves.

Patrols on Cold Weather Days

Parents of children who walk to school need to be aware that on days when the temperature drops below –20 degrees Celsius, school patrols may not be outside. On such extreme weather days, one of the staff patrol supervisors will go out and assist the children with their crossing. 

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.

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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 CBE’s social media channels and shared with local news media.

If your child will not be attending classes please ensure you contact the school attendance line to report the absence.

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. ​​