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

Weather Policy at Eric Harvie School

All students are expected to remain outside, morning and afternoon, until the entry bell.  We ask your cooperation in making sure that your child(ren) come suitably dressed for the weather.  

Please keep in mind that it is often quite cool, particularly in the mornings.  It is important children are dressed warmly enough for the cool temperatures. In wet weather, children should have appropriate rainwear and may bring umbrellas.  If there is a dangerous wind chill or it is raining very hard, students will stay indoors for their safety and well-being. 

We do encourage children to enjoy the outdoors in all weather conditions as often as safely possible. There is no specific temperature trigger for calling indoor lunch/recess-conditions are continually assessed. We are residents of the prairie and need to be both cold-aware and capable of dressing to reflect the actual weather conditions safely. 

When the wind chill drops below -22 degrees Celsius we keep the children inside - and call this a Blue Day.  On Blue days, children who are fully and appropriately dressed for the weather can choose to go outside as part of the Polar Bear Club.

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