CANCELLATION OF CLASSES
(DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER)
PROGRAMS & STUDENT SERVICES: 200
Cancellation of Classes due to Inclement Weather: PSS 220
Adoption Date: October 25, 1999
Revised: January 2005
To provide all schools with a policy on school cancellation due to inclement weather.
To determine when school will be cancelled due to inclement weather and the steps to be taken when school is to be cancelled.
It is the policy of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board that in cases where inclement weather jeopardizes the safety of students, classes and all school-related activities will be cancelled.
This policy has been authorized by the Board under motions number....
It is the responsibility of the Director of Programs and Student Services and the Director of Operational Services to ensure that this policy and administrative procedures are implemented.
The Coordinator of Transportation, in consultation with the Coordinator of School Services, will implement the policy and administrative procedures.
1. Parents/Guardians are advised that it is their decision whether or not to send their children to school on days of inclement weather.
2. In the event of serious weather conditions that necessitate school cancellation or transportation cancellation, a general announcement will be made over the local radio stations starting at approximately 6:30 a.m. If noon-hour cancellation is necessary, this will be announced in the school and over the local radio stations before noon if at all possible.
3. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH PRINCIPAL TO INFORM PARENTS REGARDING THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION OF CLASSES DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. THIS SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN THE BEGINNING OF EACH SCHOOL YEAR.
4. CANCELLATION OF CLASSES - IN THE A.M.
4.1 The Coordinator of Transportation will call the Coordinator of School Services before 6:30 a.m. if he/she believes that, because of serious weather conditions, some or all of the school buses should not operate.
4.2 After discussion with the Departments of Transportation, Operational Services and School Services, if the Coordinator of Transportation believes school should be cancelled, he/she will then notify the four radio stations: Oldies 950 (539-8500); CJCB (564-5596); CBI (539-5050); CJFX (625-2780), that some or all classes operating within the jurisdiction of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board have been cancelled for the day.
a) If the radio announcement specifies: “Classes are cancelled for all students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.”, then Central Office and Operational Services employees MUST report to work.
b) If the radio announcement specifies: “School for all students and all school board employees of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board is cancelled today.”, then NO employees are required to report to work.
4.4 If school is to be cancelled in specific geographical areas, schools affected will be named. Individual buses not running will be identified.
5. CANCELLATION OF CLASSES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY:
After classes have started for the morning and it becomes apparent that, because of serious weather conditions, school should be cancelled, the following procedure will be used:
5.1 The Coordinator of Transportation will notify the Coordinator of School Services as soon as possible, that some or all schools will be cancelled. The Coordinator of School Services' office will notify appropriate schools of this cancellation of classes and will also notify the four radio stations. After being notified by the Coordinator of School Services, the Coordinator of Transportation will then immediately get in touch with the bus drivers that come under his/her authority, and the transportation of students served by those buses will start immediately. The Coordinator of Transportation will also notify the Cape Breton Transit Authority that there will be no pickup of children in the afternoon. It is the responsibility of each principal to see that all students have made arrangements at home before the dismissal of his/her staff. This includes notification of crosswalk guards.
5.2 Private Conveyance: It is the responsibility of the principal of the school to get in touch, as soon as possible, with such private conveyance operators that are involved with his/her school. Transportation of these students should start at once.
This policy will be reviewed by Director of Programs and Student Services within three years from the authorization date.
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