Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (Mar. 26, 2015) – Letter for Parents

Dear Parents / Guardians:  Please click the link below to view the letter sent home with all Grade 10 students this week. Letter for parents or guardians re OSSLT 2015  

Save The Date – Annual Charity Multi Dinner

Wednesday, March 25 This year the students are supporting Plan Canada’s Spread the Net campaign to help malaria ravaged regions of Africa. This issue greatly affects child mortality in parts of Africa. We already have great food lined up: Watami, Beer Town, The Bauer Kitchen, Taco Farm, Huether Hotel, The Red House, The Culinary Studio […]

February 23 – All schools open & buses are running

Transportation is running and schools are open today.

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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Multi – The Friday show will go on!

Despite the school closing due to weather today (Friday), the Multi show scheduled for tonight, Friday, Feb. 20, 7:00 pm, will go on as scheduled.

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.

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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Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) – March 26, 2015

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be written Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 8:15-11:20 am. This test will be written by all grade 10 students and any senior students who have not been successful on the test in a previous year. Please check the school’s website (“OSSLT”, left margin) for detailed information about […]

Spanish Available as an Elective

Grade 10 Spanish (LWS BDI) is being offered as a possible option for 2015-2016.

February 2 – All Schools CLOSED

Due to weather, ALL schools are CLOSED today. All Extended Day Programs are closed as well. The Education Centre is open for those who can get there safely.

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