University School Inclement Weather Policy
Severe winter weather always raises concerns about school closures. The decision to close schools is the responsibility of the Chief Superintendent of Schools. School closures are extremely rare, even in very cold temperatures. If a decision is made to close the school this information is broadcast on local radio and television stations so please listen for this information. Parents/guardians whose children take the bus should always stay with their child while waiting for the bus in extreme conditions. Buses are often unavoidably delayed due to traffic conditions.
It is always a parent/guardian’s decision whether or not to keep students home during extreme weather conditions. We ask that if you decide to keep your children at home due to weather conditions, that you inform the school as soon as possible so we know that their absence is excused and they are safe and cared for.
It is our school’s policy to have students enjoy the benefit of outdoor activity. However, as a general guideline outdoor activity time is cancelled and students remain indoors when the temperature (including wind chill) is -20°C or colder or when we are experiencing a heavy rainfall. Discretionary decisions to eliminate or reduce outdoor times for students may be made if conditions are deemed to be hazardous. Students are also encouraged to come straight into the boot rooms when they arrive at school in the mornings if the conditions are extreme.
In all instances, students are always expected to dress for the changing conditions. Living in Calgary means that the weather can change dramatically over the course of a day, so please ensure your child is dressed for the weather.