Calgary schools remain open despite extreme cold warning, -40°C winds

Feb 4 2019, 7:11 pm

Calgary has been plunged into a deep freeze, but that’s not stopping class at the city’s public schools.

Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for the City of Calgary on Monday morning, predicting wind chills bringing temperatures down to as low as -40°C and a legitimate risk of frostbite for anyone stuck outside without the proper gear.

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The warm haven of home wouldn’t be a refuge for many young Calgarians, however, as the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) made the decision to keep the city’s public schools open despite the dangerous temperatures.

In a February 4 update to their website, CBE stated that schools will be open as usual on Monday and that their yellow school bus service will be running.

CBE did, however, mention that parents/guardians had the right to decide whether or not to send their kids to school, and that the schools will be open to provide “a safe and secure environment for attending students.

The update also provided information on how to dress appropriately for the chilly weather, including the following points:

  • Children should be well prepared for the weather and not left unattended at bus stops for any period of time, under any circumstances.
  • Families should ensure that they have back-up care arrangements if transportation is delayed. Children should have a warm place to stay before and after school (i.e. with a neighbour or a nearby relative).
  • Roads may be congested and slippery resulting in possible traffic and bus delays.
  • All CBE schools will remain open to provide a safe, warm, and secure environment for attending students.

CBE’s Twitter account caught some flak from students who stated that, while parents could choose to keep their kids at home, the fact that classes were running as per usual may force some students into dangerous situations in order not to fall behind in class.

And, naturally, the decision inspired a few memes:

While Monday is expected to be the chilliest of the upcoming week, according to a forecast from Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to drop below -20°C on both Tuesday and Friday as well.

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