Cold Weather Alert Notices and Wind-Chill Information
There are currently no Cold Weather or Wind-Chill Alerts.
For more information, visit the public health unit in the area you reside:
Transportation: Transportation continues to run during Cold Weather Alerts. Parents are encouraged to visit the website of the Student Transportation Services Brant Haldimand Norfolk for detailed reports of delays and cancellations. Click Transportation Delays and Cancellations.
Appropriate Dress: Parents are urged to dress children warmly – ensuring all skin is covered – if they will be walking to school.
Outdoor Activity During School: Principals will use their discretion to participate in outdoor recess. It is the recommendation from the Board's Health & Safety Manager to be mindful of outdoor activities during times when the air temperature/wind speed is in the 'Moderate' range (see chart below) and to have children stay indoors during temperatures of -20 wind-chill.
Reporting Absences: All parents are urged to read the weather advisories issued by local health units and use discretion with regard to travel to and from school. Please follow the normal routine to notify your child's school about his or her absence.
Cold Weather Alert Tips: The following are cautions and tips from our regional health units for those who will be going outside or sending children outside in these cold temperatures:
Over-exposure to cold may lead to complications such as frostbite, particularly in the extremities (finger and toes) or any exposed skin, which may turn red, blue or a gray/white. Individuals may also experience pain, numbness and stiffness.
If you suspect frostbite, warm the affected area by placing it next to warmer skin or immerse in warm, but not hot, water. Do not rub the affected area. The rewarming process may take up to 60 minutes. Seek emergency medical treatment for cases of severe, blistering frostbite.
Hypothermia occurs when body temperature drops below 35°C, affecting the ability to think clearly and move well. Anyone found with these symptoms requires immediate emergency medical treatment. If you suspect hypothermia, call 911.
- Winter clothing is recommended, including hat, gloves and dry insulating under clothing.
Comfort and/or Precautions Description to Match Wind-Chill Factors
Issued by Environment Canada
0 to -10 | Low
Conditions are slightly uncomfortable for outdoor activity. Dress Warmly. Winter clothing is recommended, including hat, gloves and dry insulating under clothing.
-10 to -25 | Moderate
Cold on exposed skin. Conditions can be comfortable for outdoor activity on sunny days. Hat, gloves and layered dry insulating clothing is a necessity. Risk of hypothermia over prolonged periods.
-25 to -45 | Cold
Important to keep active. Cover all skin. Take frequent warm up breaks. Frostbite is possible on exposed skin over short periods of time so check frequently. Risk of hypothermia over prolonged periods.
-45 to -59 Warning Level* | Extreme
Very uncomfortable. Outdoor activity should be limited to short periods. Cover all exposed skin. Dress in layers. Limit outdoor activities to short periods. Exposed skin freezes in minutes. Serious risk of hypothermia over prolonged periods.
-60 and colder | Very Extreme
Outdoor conditions are hazardous. Exposed skin will freeze in 2 minutes. Stay indoors.