​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. ​​

Cold Weather Days

Inclement Weather at Altadore

The weather in Calgary can be unpredictable. Students are expected to dress appropriately for the weather. Boots, a jacket, mitts and a hat should be worn in the winter. Please note that if the temperature is -20°C, or colder, students will remain inside for recess and school patrollers will not be on duty. We do have a polar bear club for students who have parental permission to have a short, supervised play time outside on these days.

Polar Bear Club

At Altadore, we understand the importance of fresh air and free play, but when temperatures are roughly -20 degrees Celsius or lower, we have an indoor lunch recess.  For students who are not deterred by the cold weather, we offer the Polar Bear Club.  With your permission, your child will be given the choice to go outside with a lunchroom supervisor during what would normally be an indoor lunch recess.  The length of time outside will depend on the weather.  

If you would like your child to participate in the Polar Bear Club, proper clothing (snowpants, boots, hats, mittens, scarf) is mandatory.  Please email your child’s teacher with the subject line: Polar Bear Club if you would like your child to participate. Your child’s teacher will then provide your child with the option of staying in or going outside on Polar Bear Club days.


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