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 Days

On days of inclement weather (extreme cold or rain downpour) we have special provisions to ensure the safety and comfort of students. We call these Blue Days. Environment Canada is the source of our weather information and direct observation will be the source of rainy day decisions. When temperatures of –20C or below (including wind chill) are reported, we will declare a Blue Day, and signs will be posted on student doors stating, “Today is a blue day”. In the morning, children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 must come into the school via their regular doors on these days, and remain seated in their classroom hallway, where staff will supervise them.

Parents can assist us by:

  • Reminding children that they must come inside when the Blue Day sign is displayed.
  • Ensuring children are not arriving at school prior to the 15 minute supervision bell at 8:55 AM.
  • For students in Kindergarten who attend an afternoon class, parents and students are to come in through the front doors and remain in the Grand Hall until the final bell rings and a staff member escorts the Kindergarten children to their classes.

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