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Beach Day tomorrow – Feb. 26

Tomorrow is Beach Day, Sting!  Get our your sunglasses, sun hats and bright t-shirts for your February day at the beach.  Show your school spirit and earn points for your colour hive while forgetting about the snow and cold weather.  Please remember that bathing suits are not allowed please…. Have a great day at “the [...]

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February 23 – All schools open & buses are running

Transportation is running and schools are open today.

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Why were our schools closed Friday?

The WRDSB has put in place a frigid temperature threshold in our severe weather procedure primarily for three reasons related to the safety of our students:

1. According to Environment Canada, at -35C exposed skin can freeze within 10 minutes. Environment Canada indicates that in temperatures between -28 to -39 there is a high risk of exposed skin freezing (frostnip or frostbite). This temperature is very unusual for our region and some students may not have the appropriate clothing to protect themselves.

2. Most students will take longer than 10 minutes to walk to school and the bused students may wait for an extended period of time should any bus be delayed.

3. We are unable to guarantee crossing guard service to our students as individual crossing guards have a right to maintain their safety given that they are exposed for extended periods of time in frigid temperatures.

The Education Centre remains open and is fully operational.

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February 20 – All Schools are Closed & Buses Cancelled

Due to frigid temperatures, all schools are closed today and all buses are cancelled. All Extended Day Programs are also closed. The Education Centre remains open for those who can safely arrive to work.

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When do Schools Close Due to Weather?

Our procedure for severe weather  provides guidelines and expectations for school closings due to severe weather, and how this information is communicated to our families.

Severe weather refers to conditions such as ice, fog, rain, sleet, snow, wind and/or frigid temperatures and wind chills. We consider a frigid temperature to be -35C with wind chill, or colder.

The general manager of Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) will monitor weather and temperatures in the region beginning at 5:30am, using Environment Canada’s wind chill index. If the temperature is forecasted to reach or exceed -35C with wind chill at 7:00am, buses will not operate and schools will be closed. The education centre will be open to those employees who can safely arrive to work.

How do we communicate cancellations or closures?

Decisions relating to cancellations and closures are made by 6:00am. Any cancellations and closures will be posted on our website and school websites. Information will also be available on our twitter account (@wrdsb). We encourage you to monitor our website and listen to local media for up-to-date cancellation and closures.

Parents have the option of keeping their children at home when concerned about weather conditions.

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Severe Weather and School Closing Criteria

Below you will find the WRDSB criteria to determine when conditions are  deemed to be unsafe to open schools for the day.  If schools are closed tomorrow, Feb. 20th, 2015, our School Council Movie Night will be postponed to a later date. 2.1 Severe weather conditions refer to conditions such as ice, fog, rain, sleet, snow, wind and or [...]

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Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Jean Steckle Public School’s Library and will be open on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:30am til 3:00pm. Students may visit the Book Fair during nutrition breaks and during class time with their teacher’s permission to either purchase a book or fill in a “Student Wish List” form. [...]

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Jean Steckle School Council Movie Night

School Council is pleased to be hosting our 1st movie night.                         Penguins of Madagascar When: Friday, February 20, 2015 Where: School Gym Doors Open: 6:00pm Movie Starts: 6:30pm Cost: Advanced Combo, including popcorn and water or juice, $4.00 each or       [...]

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Art Innovators March Break Camp

Art Innovators is once again hosting an art camp over March Break! For further information or to register your child:

Moving and not returning to Jean Steckle

If you are moving during the Summer or before, please notify the office.  If you could write a short note as to where you will be moving and when your last day will be.  This is a great help in organizing class sizes for next year.  Many thanks for your help.

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