​​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

Outdoor Play

Supervision of students begins 15 minutes prior to school start times. For safety reasons students should only arrive at school when supervisors are on duty outside. Children will remain outdoors to greet and play with each other. If the weather is very cold (-20 C with wind chill) or very wet, they will be invited to come inside the school through their designated doors and sit in the hallways by their classrooms. When entering the school, children are asked to enter calmly through their designated doors and, in order to help us maintain a clean and safe environment, remove wet and/or muddy footwear.

It is important that all children have the opportunity for fresh air and free play and therefore we provide a recess break each day for 15 minutes and students go outside at lunch for approximately 30 minutes. Please help your children develop good habits for appropriate dress so that they are prepared to be outside each day. We recommend that every child keep gloves and a toque in a jacket pocket. Some families may wish to consider providing an extra pair of pants for wet/chinook days. If the weather is too cold (-20C with wind chill) or too wet, students will remain indoors and will be supervised by our staff.

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