February 23 – All schools open & buses are running

Transportation is running and schools are open today.

Why were our schools closed Friday?

The WRDSB has put in place a frigid temperature threshold in our severe weather procedure primarily for three reasons related to the safety of our students:

1. According to Environment Canada, at -35C exposed skin can freeze within 10 minutes. Environment Canada indicates that in temperatures between -28 to -39 there is a high risk of exposed skin freezing (frostnip or frostbite). This temperature is very unusual for our region and some students may not have the appropriate clothing to protect themselves.

2. Most students will take longer than 10 minutes to walk to school and the bused students may wait for an extended period of time should any bus be delayed.

3. We are unable to guarantee crossing guard service to our students as individual crossing guards have a right to maintain their safety given that they are exposed for extended periods of time in frigid temperatures.

The Education Centre remains open and is fully operational.

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February 20 – All Schools are Closed & Buses Cancelled

Due to frigid temperatures, all schools are closed today and all buses are cancelled. All Extended Day Programs are also closed. The Education Centre remains open for those who can safely arrive to work.

When do Schools Close Due to Weather?

Our procedure for severe weather  provides guidelines and expectations for school closings due to severe weather, and how this information is communicated to our families.

Severe weather refers to conditions such as ice, fog, rain, sleet, snow, wind and/or frigid temperatures and wind chills. We consider a frigid temperature to be -35C with wind chill, or colder.

The general manager of Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) will monitor weather and temperatures in the region beginning at 5:30am, using Environment Canada’s wind chill index. If the temperature is forecasted to reach or exceed -35C with wind chill at 7:00am, buses will not operate and schools will be closed. The education centre will be open to those employees who can safely arrive to work.

How do we communicate cancellations or closures?

Decisions relating to cancellations and closures are made by 6:00am. Any cancellations and closures will be posted on our website and school websites. Information will also be available on our twitter account (@wrdsb). We encourage you to monitor our website and listen to local media for up-to-date cancellation and closures.

Parents have the option of keeping their children at home when concerned about weather conditions.

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Dance-a-thon a great success!

After all the School Council volunteers (thanks to all our volunteers!) finished counting the revenue from our Dance-a-thon fundraiser, we raised $3800.  This amount has allowed us to purchase a new electronic keyboard that we’ll use for music classes, choirs and all-school performances.  We have even had enough left over to purchase new equipment for […]

Great fundraising at Franklin

The Dream Team at Franklin has launched 2 reaching-out-to-help opportunities for students to take part in.  The February Potato Blitz 2015 goes all month long and is intended to support the House of Friendship.  Bring in bags of potatoes to help out!  Candy Grams, a great way to honour and recognize our friends around Valentine’s Day, may be […]

St. Luke’s Winter Safety

St. Luke’s Church has graciously allowed us to use their parking lot for student drop-off and pick-up.  With the snow and slippery conditions, we ask all drivers and students to use extra care.  Students, especially younger ones, benefit from being accompanied in the parking lot until reaching the yard area.  We also remind drivers to […]

February 2 – All Schools CLOSED

Due to weather, ALL schools are CLOSED today. All Extended Day Programs are closed as well. The Education Centre is open for those who can get there safely.

School Closed February 2nd

Due to the weather, the school will be closed today, February 2nd, 2015.  All buses and programs are canceled for today.  

January 30th PA Day

The school will be open to staff to work on completion of the Ontario Report Card and other Professional Development items but there will be no classes for students today.  Classes resume Monday, February 2nd.

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