Winter Weather Procedures

wind_stormAs winter weather approaches, we want to remind parents/guardians, students, and staff about Burnaby School District weather related school closure announcements.

All schools will remain OPEN, unless there is heavy snowfall, damage or other circumstances (eg. power outage) that make it impossible to operate safely. The district will do its best to communicate school or district-wide closures or cancellations by 6:30 am. This information will be posted on the front page of the district website and tweeted out (follow us on Twitter @burnabyschools). However, please keep in mind that there may be situations where this is not always possible, for example, power outages or technical problems. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OR DISTRICT OFFICE.

The most reliable way to learn of school closures is to listen for updates on the following radio stations:

Please do not call the radio station –  simply tune in and listen for the announcements which will be made on a regular basis.

Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s safe travel to school. Please walk elementary children to the door of their school if you are uncertain whether the school is open or not. If for any reason you feel that your child cannot travel safely to school then you should notify the school that your child will be absent.

Student safety is a shared responsibility. With your cooperation and support related to winter weather procedures, we can achieve safe conditions for all.

Snowfall During School Hours

cold_weatherIf weather conditions deteriorate throughout the day and create a concern for the safety of students returning home, the school principal can decide to dismiss school early, after consulting with the Superintendent and local authorities. The principal and staff will communicate this decision to parents in the best way possible through the school’s normal communications channels.

Policy Statement

Community & Continuing Education Classes

In general, if district schools are closed for instruction due to weather conditions, same-day CCE programs will also be cancelled. However, if weather improves (or deteriorates) during the day, a new status message will be disseminated following the procedure outlined above.