Vancouver School Board has procedures that
are followed in situations where heavy snowfall might be affecting schools.
All schools in the Vancouver School Board
will remain open if at all possible
during snow events. Any district-wide closure 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: www.vsb.bc.ca
note that no announcement will be made stating that schools are open. Only
closures and delayed openings will be announced.
Information about school closures will be
sent to Metro Vancouver radio and television stations. Please check the
following stations for school closure information (but do not call them):
CBC AM 690 radio, 88.1 FM
CKNW AM 980 radio
News AM 1130 radio
Fairchild AM 1470 radio
Student safety is the first priority of the
Vancouver School Board. Schools will be kept open except under extreme
circumstances to provide the option of attendance for all, but the decision to
attend is the responsibility of each family.
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 school, then they
should make other arrangements.
During extreme weather conditions it is
also common for police and other authorities to advise citizens to avoid
unnecessary travel. Parents 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.
We encourage you to review your own
preparations for severe weather conditions and ensure that you are familiar
with the city’s response procedures for those conditions. We request that you
strictly adhere to parking restrictions in and around all Vancouver schools.
Your child’s school will contact you about any changes to driving routes that
may be put into effect on streets adjacent to the school.
School buses for students with special
needs will attempt to operate on their normal schedule during days with snow or
other severe weather. Significant changes to the bus schedule as a result of
weather conditions will be reported on the district website. Should the
condition of side streets require a change to the operation of school buses for
our students with special needs, or any cancellation of service, affected
families will be informed.