November 9, 2017

Winter weather season is upon us: Cold weather guidelines and bus cancellation information

The Region of Peel's Medical Officer of Health issues hot and cold warnings and extreme heat and cold warnings upon notification from Environment Canada that thresholds have been met. They provide schools with guidelines to prevent cold- and heat-related illnesses.


Cold Weather Guidelines

Peel Public Health recommends that schools in the Peel District School Board take the following steps to prevent cold-weather injuries:


Cold Weather Guidelines

1. Reduce amount of time children (grade 8 and under) spend outdoors when the temperature is –20 degrees Celsius or colder, with or without the wind chill.
2. Keep children indoors when the temperature is -25 degrees Celsius or colder, with or without wind chill. Some medical conditions may increase sensitivity to cold. Parents should consult their physician (Source: Environment Canada). 
3. Allow indoor breaks if children say they are feeling cold or during extreme temperatures.
4. Ensure children are dressed warmly, covering exposed skin: insulated boots, winter weight coats, mittens, hats, neck warmers.
5. Change wet clothing or footwear immediately.
6. Although these conditions are unlikely to occur during the school day, ensure that all staff are able to recognize and treat symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia. Given plenty of warm fluids to prevent dehydration.
7. When children are outside, be watchful for shivering or signs of numbness in faces, ears, hands or feet.
8. Educate children in dealing with cold weather: drinking plenty of fluids, dressing warmly, and recognizing signs of cold injury.

Bus cancellations, school closures due to bad weather 

During the winter months, we may need to cancel buses or close schools because of inclement weather. When making the decision to cancel buses, a number of factors come into play—road conditions, weather forecasts for the full day, dialogues with municipalities who are travelling roads and providing feedback to us in terms of drivability, etc. The safe operation of buses, on city and rural roads, is taken into consideration as well.


Where to get updates 

Information regarding cancellations and closures will be shared through:

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When buses are cancelled or schools are  closed, we will do our best to inform families, students and staff by 

6:15 a.m. 

We will NOT post updates unless the status of buses and/or schools is impacted by inclement weather.  

If information has not been posted by 6:30 a.m., it is likely that buses are running and schools are open. Given changing weather/road conditions, if a decision is made after 6:30 a.m. we will inform you as soon as possible.  

Types of updates

One of the following messages will be announced (bolded text only) on our social media accounts and websites:
  • Peel District School Board buses are cancelled. 
    This means that schools remain open for students and staff, but buses are cancelled. Bus cancellations could occur in all or parts of municipalities. Buses will remain cancelled all day. All activities that require busing will also be cancelled. Permits, night school classes, child care and other activities in schools will operate as usual. 

    **Buses are often cancelled in Caledon only. If this happens, the information shared will indicate this.
  • All Peel District School Board schools and board offices are closed. 
    This means that all schools and Board offices are closed to students and staff. All activities in schools and board offices are also cancelled, including child care, night school and permits.
  • All evening programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled. 
    This means that all activities in schools and Board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses and events. The buildings will be closed.

  • All weekend programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled. 
    This means that all activities in schools and Board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses and events. The buildings will be closed.
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