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

*** Due to COVID protocols, we will look for understanding during morning entry. Students will continue to meet their teacher at their meeting spot for 8:35 AM and teachers will begin to bring students in directly. We do this to retain the integrity of our cohorts and entry process. Recess, Outdoor mask breaks, and Lunch Recess will continue to be dictated by our regular Blue Day procedures ***

Days with severely inclement weather (temperature including wind chill at or below -20°C, heavy wind or rain conditions) are referred to as "Blue Days". On these days, children may proceed to their designated door at any time after 8:40 AM and enter the school as long as the Blue Day sign is displayed. A teacher will be available to supervise them in the hallways or classroom until normal entry times. Administration will decide if conditions are considered to be inclement.

We request all children wear warm boots, hats, mitts or gloves when going outside.  This is especially important for students who may receive rides to and from school.  Students are encouraged to go out at recess, except when inclement conditions exist.  If regular outside recess is held when it is cold outside, the student entry doors are unlocked so students can warm themselves if needed.

School Safety Patrols will not be on duty when it is below -20° C and / or other inclement weather conditions exist (heavy rain, extremely icy roads etc.).  Students are urged to exercise caution when crossing the street on their own.

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