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. ​​

Cold Weather Days

Blue Day Procedures at Banff Trail School

During continuous rain or cold weather (-20ºC with wind chill) students remain indoors; such events are known as a “Blue Day”.

A Blue Day means:

  • Students are entering the building as soon as they arrive at school. There is no outside supervision.
  • Students should enter the school at their designated entry doors at 7:45 am - 7:58 am.
  • Signs will be posted on entry doors to inform students and parents, it is a blue day and to enter the building immediately.
  • A staff member will check to ensure the arrival of bussed students at school. 
  • Students arriving after 7:58 am should proceed directly to the main school doors.
  • During continuous rain or cold weather (-20ºC with wind chill) students will stay inside the school and not go outside during scheduled recess and/or lunch breaks.
  • If the weather changes during the day to allow for outdoor activities, teachers may decide with their students to be outside during instructional time. Therefore, students need to be dressed appropriately for the weather at all times.
  • No School Safety Patrollers

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