Extreme Hazardous Weather
Schools will close when weather and road conditions in Hanover School Division are such that it is not advisable to transport students via school buses. If weather deteriorates after the school day has started, creating unsafe driving conditions that necessitate cancelling bus service for the return trip home, students will remain in school until other arrangements can be made. Buses will not be sent out early.
Extreme Cold Weather
Schools will be closed for cold weather reasons when it’s too cold for students to be exposed to the elements for even a short period of time.
Schools will close for cold weather reasons when the temperatures are:
-35 degrees Celsius or colder, WITH a windchill of -45 degrees Celsius or colder.
(Environment Canada – Kleefeld weather station, 6:00 a.m. data)
Consideration to close schools may also be given if either the temperature or the wind chill significantly surpasses these levels, or there are other extenuating circumstances as determined by the Superintendent and Director of Transportation.
If concerned about child safety, Parents/Guardians may at their own discretion choose to keep their children at home during extreme weather. Parents/Guardians choosing to exercise this option should inform the school on that day, as per regular absence procedures.
In the case of school closures or the cancellation of bus service, parents will receive a phone message from the Division’s information call system. Notice will also be made between the hours of 6:00 am. – 8:00 am. on a variety of local media outlets (AM 1250, Mix 96.7, CJOB, SteinbachOnline.com, and TheCarillon.com), including the HSD Twitter account at @HanoverSD. Information on school closures, or bus delays/cancellations will also be posted on this website.
When all schools in the division are closed due to extreme weather, evening rentals of our school facilities will also be cancelled. The only exception to this will be for a major event, which has been planned and advertised extensively for a long period of time prior to event date, and which cannot reasonably be cancelled on short notice, or rescheduled without major inconvenience/cost.
For additional information, view the full HSD School Closure Policy (PDF)