MyWay – Technical Problems

MyWay – Technical Problems Please note that if you tried to select course through MyWay this weekend or this morning, it would not have worked because the system is currently experiencing technical difficulties and not working for anyone within the WRDSB. The issue has been sent to IT, and we are hoping it will be […]

Grade 7 and 8 Tube Park Trip

On March 12 and 13 Westheights students will be going to Chicopee Tube Park to participate in an out door physical activity… TUBING! Permission forms are below: Grade 7 Tube Park Permission From Grade 8 Tube Park Permission Form Please fill out and return money on or before March 5, 2015

REPORT CARDS go home today!

Reports Cards were to go home on Friday, February 20th but due to COLD DAY this was not possible. Report Cards will now be going home TODAY ~ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015. Remember to sign and indicate that you have received the report card AND if you would like to discuss the report card. Return when […]

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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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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Great Job!

Congratulations to our Westheights Choir for singing the national anthem in fine form at the Kitchener Jr. Ranger game on Friday Night! All of the hard work paid off! You were great and we heard they had lots of fun!

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