Administrative Procedure 131

School Day – Inclement Weather

Background

There are times when natural weather phenomena or artificially induced environmental hazards may result in atmospheric conditions that threaten the safety of children while they are in attendance at school. In the event of such a circumstance the Principal must exercise judgment as to whether students are to be allowed outside of the building during the school day.

Procedures

  1. The following guidelines are designed to assist the Principal with the decision:
    1. When the combined temperature and wind chill register below -20 degrees Celsius the Principal shall ensure that individual students have access to shelter within the school building during the school day.
    2. When the combined temperature and wind chill registers below -22 degrees Celsius (+or- 2 degrees) the Principal shall decide whether recess breaks and the lunch hour will be held in-doors.
    3. When the combined temperature and wind chill registers below -24 degrees Celsius students shall not be required to go outside during class breaks.
  2. When the Principal receives information from a reputable authority that outdoor environmental conditions may pose a risk to the health of a student(s), the Principal shall ensure that the students have the opportunity to remain indoors.

Adopted:

June 15, 1998

Amended:

November 28, 2011, September 21, 2016

Reference:

Section 18, 20, 45, 45.1, 56, 57, 60, 61, 113 School Act

Employment Standards Act

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Cross References:

AP 312 Student Safety Patrols