Extreme Hazardous Weather
Schools will close when weather and road conditions in the Hanover School Division are such that it is not advisable to transport students via school buses. If weather worsens after the school day has started, creating unsafe driving conditions that necessitate cancelling bus service for return trip home, students will be held in school until other arrangements can be made. Buses will not be sent out early.
Extreme Cold Weather
Schools will be closed for cold weather reasons when it’s too cold for students to be exposed to the elements for even a short period of time. Schools will close for cold weather reasons when the temperatures are: -35 degrees Celsius or colder with a windchill of -45 degrees Celsius or colder. (Environment Canada Kleefeld weather station – 6:00 a.m. data) Consideration to close schools may also be given if either the temperature or the wind chill significantly surpasses these levels, or there are other extenuating circumstances as determined by the Superintendent and Director of Transportation.
During extreme weather, when schools are kept open according to policy, parents may use their discretion in choosing to keep children at home – if they feel their child’s safety is compromised in any way. Parents choosing to keep children at home due to weather safety concerns, should inform the school on such days.
In the case of school closure or the cancellation of bus service throughout HSD, parents will receive a phone message from the division’s information call system, as well as, several announcements will be made between 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM on a variety of local and provincial media outlets, including: AM 1250, Mix 96.7, SteinbachOnline.com, and CJOB. Information on school bus delays, urban bus routes and school closures will be posted on the divisional website at HSD.ca