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

Inclement Weather

During inclement weather, students will be allowed into the school and will not be expected to go outside during lunch recess.

The CBE reminds parents they should be prepared  for potentially bad weather conditions.

Parents / guardians always make the final decision as to whether or not it is safe to send their child to school. If they do decide to send their child to school in inclement weather, the school will be open to receive them. No student will ever be reprimanded for missing school due to weather. 

Students, especially younger students, should be well prepared for the weather and have very clear instructions on how to get to school. We encourage you to write your plan down, communicate it with your child(ren) and put a copy into your child(ren)’s school bag. We follow the practice of keeping children in if the wind-chill reaches -20 degrees Celsius according to the Environment Canada website.

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