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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Science Fair Registration starts Friday!

Reminder: Science Fair Registration starts this Friday The Keatsway Science Fair is coming soon!  Registration starts this Friday, February 13th, 8:45-9:20 am, and continues during the same time period next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, as well as after school on Wednesday, February 18th (3:40-4:00 pm).   Registration packages were sent home to all families […]

Snow Day!

All schools are closed due to weather. Enjoy the Snow Day!

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.

Before and After School Programs for 2015-16

Beginning February 2, 2015 you will be able to indicate an interest in having your child(ren) in before or after school programs for the 2015-16 school year. See the attached flyer for more information. Before/After-School Programs-2015

A Reminder that School Council is Tonight!

Hello Keatsway Parents, I hope to see you tonight from 6:30-8:00pm for our School Council meeting! Everyone is welcome to come! There will be free babysitting available if you need to bring along your children. Mrs. L. Briscoe

2014 Director’s Annual Report

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Keatsway Science Fair February 25th – Call for Volunteers

Keatsway Science Fair February 25th – Call for Volunteers Hello Everyone: Planning is underway for this year’s Science Fair, and in addition to Science Professionals (see previous post) volunteers are needed for the following tasks and times: Registration desk: February 13th, 17th, 18th & 19th, 8:45-9:20 am; plus February 18th, 3:40-4:00 pm.  Two volunteers needed […]

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