The weather is
quickly becoming more seasonal, and this letter is to help families
understand our policies and decisions regarding snow day cancellations and bus
delays. The decision to cancel school is never taken lightly and we
understand the challenge created by the change of routine, both at home and in
weather, we may opt to delay buses while road conditions improve. If buses
are delayed, schools will still open at their regular time to receive students.
conditions are, or are expected to become, hazardous, schools may be closed
district-wide. Individual schools or Education Centres may be closed depending
on unique local conditions.
made based on the best information we have at the time. This includes detailed
hourly weather forecasts and satellite/radar images from multiple sources, as
well as provincial and municipal road condition reports. A
decision must be made by approximately 6:30 am, as buses are due to begin
shortly thereafter. Schools might also be closed and students sent home
early if weather conditions deteriorate significantly during the school
decisions are made using the most accurate, up-to-date forecast information,
decisions are not typically finalized in advance or announced the night
is large and diverse - urban, rural, in-land, and coastal. The
weather does not always occur as anticipated and will impact areas differently.
Our buses travel 33,000 km/day and we have 5000 student walkers. Sometimes
what is the best decision for one neighbourhood may not be as apparent for
another, but in each case the safety of all our students is
remain open, no announcement will be made; If
you feel that conditions in your area are not safe, you have the final decision
whether or not to send your child to school.
about the lost instructional time?
room in their lesson plans to deal with closures and are experienced at
modifying lessons and balancing the school year to make up for the lost time.
Also, many teachers have plans in place to deal with snow days. Some may assign
work ahead of anticipated closures or share expectations ahead of time. This
could be instruction to review previous lessons, read ahead, continue project
work, solve math problems, or practice creative writing, spelling, or sight
also take an active role in continued learning by finding meaningful work to
complete on snow days, such as reviewing previous chapters or getting
ahead on assignments. We also recognize the value of the global competencies
reinforced when students volunteer in the community to remove snow, child mind,
or help out at home.
Can Families Do?
asked to establish plans for those days schools are closed or buses are
delayed. Families are also encouraged to subscribe online to BusPlanner for email notifications
about delays and closures. Announcements are also made through the local radio
stations and the District website.
Parents and guardians can also
encourage their students to seek out opportunities to learn, on snow days,
and every day.