Posted February 23, 2015
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.
Posted February 20, 2015
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.
Posted February 19, 2015
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.
Posted February 3, 2015
Wellness/Parenting Workshop Parenting a Teen: Stressful at the Best of Times! Attend an hour-long information session for parents of teens and tweens. What’s “normal” anxiety (for you…for them!) and when/how to know when you might consider getting extra support/assistance. When: Wednesday, Feb. 25th; 6 to 7 pm. Southwood Secondary School’s Library Please RSVP to 519-621-5920 […]
Posted February 2, 2015
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.
Posted February 2, 2015
Posted January 28, 2015
(For your planning) Grade 8 Graduation will occur on Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 pm at Calvary Pentecostal Church. Our Grad Committee will provide more detailed information as we get closer to the end of the year. The Grade 8 Trip being offered this year is a tour to Niagara Falls from Monday, June 22- Tuesday, June 23. The deposit for […]
Posted January 27, 2015
The 2014 Director’s Annual Report is now available! Each year, the Director is required to submit a report to the Ministry of Education, highlighting the achievements of the past year. Our Annual Report gives the local community a snap shot at what students and staff have achieved. Awards, good news stories and achievements in learning […]
Posted January 9, 2015
Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES in Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich and North Dumfries Townships are cancelled for the Waterloo Region District School Board
The following schools dependent on Transportation are Closed for the Day: Floradale, Linwood, WaterlooOxford D.S.S.
ALL evening RENTAL PERMITS at these schools are CANCELLED
TRANSPORTATION IN ALL OTHER AREAS IS OPERATING AND SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.
All Extended Day Child Care programs are OPEN.
Posted December 17, 2014
We are all saddened by the tragic events that took place at Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. To show support for all those affected, we will be lowering flags at our schools, and our Education Centre, until the end of day on December 19.