Dear Courcelette PS families,
Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the school break, taking some time to relax and rejuvenate with family and friends. The weather certainly made getting outdoors that much more challenging! Thankfully the temperature outside today is a little more conducive to outdoor activity.
Weather Conditions and Considerations
As we are clearly immersed in winter, please ensure the children are bundled up and dressed in outdoor gear every day. There are some instances that may require us to stay indoors or shorten recess breaks. Please note the following re: Cold Weather and outdoor play.
Cold weather: When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates -28C or lower children will remain indoors due to risk of frostnip and frostbite.
When an extreme cold weather alert is issued or when temperatures and/or windchill factor indicates –20 to –28C, recesses may be shortened to 10 minutes and lunch recess be 20 minutes depending on local conditions. Children should be monitored closely for signs of frostnip, frostbite or difficulty breathing.
In addition, although it rarely happens, due to severe weather schools may be closed or require an early dismissal. Please read the attached document regarding Severe Weather and possible school closures (PDF 212)
Lastly, as a friendly reminder, please label your child’s boots, hat, gloves, jacket etc. Many students have similar or the same boots and it is very easy for a boot or gloves to be inadvertently picked up by another student.
Safe Snow Play
The teachers and I have reviewed expectations regarding safe play in the snow. We ask:
- shovels be left at home
- snow stays on the ground (no throwing snow)
- treat everyone with respect
- make safe choices (keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself)
- line up right away when you hear the bell
- wear your winter wear outside at recess (dress appropriately for the weather)
- play co-operatively
If students see unsafe play, they should report it to the staff on duty right away so the issue can be addressed immediately.
Welcome back to school to everyone! It’s been great getting back into the swing of things today and seeing the staff and students refreshed and ready to go!
Thanks for continuing to read updates through the school blog and please check out the school website as it grows with sports team, club and activity information.