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Cold weather policy

  • BOARD OF EDUCATION
  • School District No. 57
  • 2100 Ferry Avenue
  • Prince George, B.C. V2L 4R5
  • (250) 561-6800
  • POLICY
  • 3541.35
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  • WINTER WEATHER
  • APPROVED: 1982.12.14
  • REVISED: 1991.10.29
  • 1994.12.06
  • 1996.06.11
  • 1999.01.26
  • 2008.09.23
  • POLICY
  • Student safety shall be the primary concern that determines actions taken as a result of
  • cold or inclement winter weather.
  • Responsibility Centre: Assistant Superintendents
  • References: School Act, Sections 73 and 85
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  • WINTER WEATHER
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  • PREAMBLE
  • School operational procedures and expectations regarding staff and student attendance
  • during severe winter weather must be clarified.
  • Approved: 1999.01.26
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  • WINTER WEATHER
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  • REGULATIONS:
  • 1. Schools shall not be closed because of cold or inclement weather.
  • 2. On days when student attendance is reduced substantially because of cold or
  • inclement weather conditions or because travel is considered treacherous,
  • regular scheduled instruction may be modified for those students who attend
  • school. The administrative procedures of this policy provide assistance to the
  • principal and teachers in determining the educational program that will be
  • offered.
  • 3. School bus service will not be cancelled because of cold weather.
  • 4. Individual bus runs may be cancelled for the day (morning and afternoon runs)
  • because of dangerous road conditions. Cancellations will be announced on local
  • radio as soon as possible after the decision to cancel a run is made.
  • 5. The decision to keep a student at home for the day because of winter weather
  • conditions shall be made by the parents.
  • 6. Students shall not be expected to wait for a school bus for more than fifteen
  • minutes past the scheduled pick-up time. If the bus has not arrived by that time,
  • students should return to their homes or to another prearranged place of shelter.
  • 7. Notwithstanding Regulation 1, school closures may be required for reasons other
  • than wither weather. See Policy 6114 (Emergency Situations in Schools).
  • 8. School staff are expected to attend school on their scheduled work days.
  • However, if a staff member is unable to travel to work because of weather or
  • road conditions, a discretionary day, vacation or leave without pay will be
  • granted, as applicable, in accordance with the relevant collective agreement.
  • Staff are expected to make every reasonable effort to travel to work, but should
  • not place themselves at undue risk in attempting to do so.
  • 9. Staff members who are unable to travel to school because of road conditions
  • must inform their principal at the earliest time possible.
  • 10. Principals will ensure that parents are informed about Regulations 1 through 6
  • each fall and periodically through the winter months.
  • Approved: 1982.12.14
  • Revised: 1991.10.29, 1994.12.06, 1996.06.11, 2008.09.23
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  • WINTER WEATHER
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  • ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES:
  • 1. On days when student attendance is reduced because of weather conditions,
  • schools should consider the following options:
  • 1.1. Regular instruction.
  • 1.2. Modified instruction.
  • 1.3. Review sessions.
  • 1.4. Work completion sessions.
  • 1.5. Individual or small group instruction.
  • 1.6. Special research projects.
  • 1.7. Directed study sessions.
  • 1.8. Multi-age grouping for instruction.
  • 1.9. Student tutorials.
  • 1.10. Supervised study and/or activity sessions.
  • 1.11. Some combination of the above.
  • 2. In advance of the cold weather months, schools should consult with parents and
  • clearly communicate to parents what educational alternatives the school will offer
  • in the event of low attendance caused by excessively cold weather.
  • Approved: 1991.10.29

    Revised: 1984.12.06, 1996.06.11