AP 130 - Emergency School Closure
On rare occasions emergency situations may arise that may force the closure or evacuation of division schools. These emergency situations may occur in relation to, but not limited to, inclement weather and other extremes of nature, mechanical failure, acts of vandalism, fire or bomb threats. If such situations arise, the health and safety of students and employees will be of primary importance.
- System Closure
When a decision is made by the Superintendent or designate to close all schools, that decision shall be communicated through the appropriateLethbridge,CalgaryandHighRiverradio stations (see Appendix 130A). In the event of a system closure, the principal shall ensure that there is a responsible person in attendance to receive children should they arrive at school.
- Partial System Closure
In some circumstances it may be necessary to decide to close one or more schools. Such a decision shall be made by the Superintendent or designate and shall be communicated through the appropriate radio stations. The principal shall ensure that there is a responsible person in attendance to receive children should they arrive at school.
- Early Dismissal
Wherever possible, students should be accommodated at school or at an alternative predetermined location until normal school closing. However, should early school dismissal be required, that decision shall rest with the Superintendent or designate. If an early school closure occurs, a special responsibility then resides with each principal to ensure that parents and/or guardians are informed.
School Act, Section 45, 57
AP 555 – Bus Transportation During Inclement Weather
Policy 19.1 – Inclement Weather Procedure