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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. 

During severe weather events, all schools in the Vancouver School District will remain open if possible. If a District-wide closure is necessary, that will be decided by 7:00 a.m. at the latest. 

Details of District-wide school closures will be announced through the media, the front page of the  District website and school websites as well as the District's social media channels.

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 will also be updated. 

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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