The cold weather is already upon us and so is the likelihood of severe weather conditions. We want to take the opportunity to review the Board’s Severe Weather Procedure with you.
From time to time it is necessary to cancel school buses due to severe weather. As you know, because of the need to maintain cohorts as a result of the ongoing pandemic, we are not able to combine classes, which is often necessary on days with bad weather because of reduced staffing levels. As a result, this year, the TDSB has determined that when buses are cancelled, all schools -- including both in-person and virtual learning -- will also be closed to staff and students.
If schools are closed:
- Students will not participate in live remote or virtual learning but teachers will provide voluntary class work through established online platforms for students who wish to continue their learning. Students may also work on previously-assigned work or spend time reviewing material previously covered.
- Any scheduled events, such as tests or parent meetings will be cancelled and rescheduled.
- Before and After-School Programs and Extended Day Programs will be closed.
- Child care programs (serving infant, toddler and preschool-aged children) can remain open to families, however families are encouraged to connect directly with the operator to confirm they are open.
- EarlyON programs will be closed to in-person programming, however families can participate in virtual programming.
The decision to cancel buses and close schools will be determined by 6 a.m. to allow as much time as possible for families to make alternative arrangements. In addition to updates being posted on the TDSB website and on Twitter, families will receive an email from the TDSB.
We know that these decisions can have a significant impact on thousands of families across Toronto and they are not taken lightly. We encourage you to explore alternatives and plan in advance. Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we continue to navigate these challenges caused by the pandemic.
The safety and well-being of all students and staff is deeply important to us and we will continue to consult with Toronto Public Health to determine if any changes are needed.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s school principal.