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 Northern Lights School

Rainy / Cold Weather

Students should be suitably dressed for current / forecasted weather conditions (in rain gear or winter clothing and boots). They are expected to play outside before the 9:05 am bell and during outdoor recess periods. Students remain outside of the school until the bells ring. On extremely wet and extremely cold days students may be invited inside. A general guideline for coming inside is when rain is “bouncing” off a hard surface and when winter temperatures reach below -20°C.

Consistent with CBE guidelines, we begin to monitor the local weather conditions on our schoolyard very carefully when temperatures are nearing -20°C.   On these days, we may:

1.   Shorten the length of time students are outdoors, particularly over the lunch hour.

2.   Make announcements to remind students about wearing appropriate winter wear.

3.   Monitor as students are getting ready to go outside to ensure that they are wearing appropriate clothing for the weather.

In the event that temperatures drop below -20°C or rain is quite heavy, we will shorten, modify or cancel outdoor recesses and walking / outdoor field trips. When recesses are modified, students may be out for a shortened amount of time and will have access to an entrance off of the courtyard to come in and warm up if needed.

When walking / outdoor field trips are modified, students will go a shorter distance, stay out for less time, or stay closer to available structures on field trip sites and be monitored and asked to communicate when they are cold.

Caring for your children is a top priority for our staff.

Tips to Keep Kids Safe in Cold Weather

As indicated above, on most cold winter days students will continue to have regularly scheduled outdoor time at school.  Students will be safe and have fun outdoors if they:

1.   Dress in layers, with a wind resistant outer layer

2.   Wear snow pants, a hat and/or a hood

3.   Have waterproof mittens or insulated gloves (thin fabric gloves are not warm enough and soak through easily)

4.   Have something to cover their face, such as a scarf, neck tube or face mask

5.   Wear warm and waterproof footwear

6.   Have extra socks in their backpack in case they get wet

*In case of an unplanned fire alarm during very cold weather, students are expected to wear shoes when indoors at all times. We also recommend wearing winter clothing (pants / sweaters rather than leggings / shorts / short sleeved shirts) or keeping a long-sleeved hoodie / sweatshirt / sweater nearby.

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