Important Road Safety Reminders

As always, our number one priority is for the safety of all of our students, both inside the school and around our school community. In an effort to ensure the continued safety of all of our students, we would like to remind you of the following: 1. Please discourage children from sliding down the snow […]

Dance-a-Thon Rescheduled for Monday March 2nd

Dance-a-Thon day at  Hespeler has been rescheduled. If you have not yet brought in your pledgelope, it is not to late, bring it to school tomorrow.

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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Garfield Gini- Newman – Monday Feb 23rd, 2015

In our ever changing society, children need to approach their learning by critically reflecting on and challenging the world around them. We are thrilled to extend an open invitation to you and your family to attend this informative and inspiring evening. Come and listen to him speak about how we can encourage our children to […]

Skiing and Tubing – Friday 13th

Skiing and Tubing Day is still on tomorrow. Please review attached letter by clicking on the Title for more information.           extreme cold letter home feb 12

Resources for Parents

What Parents can do: Be a mentor, be a coach, be a guide……. Check the website:

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.

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