VSB Procedures for severe weather

Vancouver School District has procedures in place for situations when severe weather, like heavy snowfall or extremely high winds, may affect schools. 

All schools in the Vancouver School District will remain open if possible, during severe weather events. If a District-wide closure is necessary, that will be decided by 7:00 a.m. at the latest. Details of District-wide or individual school closures will be announced through the media and the District website front page. 

Please note that no announcement will be made stating that schools are open. Only closures and delayed openings will be announced.  

Information about a District-wide closure will be sent to Metro Vancouver radio and television stations. District social media channels are also updated. Please check the following stations for school closure information (but do not call them): 

CBC AM 690 radio, 88.1 FM Global BC
CKNW AM 980 radio CBC TV
News AM 1130 radio CTV BC
Fairchild AM 1470 radio City TV

Individual school closures due to unique circumstances (e.g., power outages) will be announced as early as possible on the affected schools’ websites. On occasion, schools may delay the start of the school day. If this happens, specific details will be posted on the school websites. 

Student safety is our top priority. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children's safe travel to and from school. If for any reason a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to/from school, then they should make other arrangements. 

During extreme weather conditions it is also common for emergency services and other authorities to advise citizens to avoid unnecessary travel. Families should take this advice as well. Students will not be penalized for lack of attendance under such poor weather conditions. Students are reminded to wear appropriate clothing for the conditions. When sidewalks and roads are slippery, students walking to school should take extra care. 

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