Dressing for the Weather & Snow Days
Dressing for the Weather
Students participate regularly in outdoor classes and recesses each day. Please check the forecast and dress your child to be outside for 20 to 60 minutes at a time. Dressing in layers is also recommended since temperatures can change significantly over the course of the school day.
Cold Temperatures/Blowing Snow
Staff check the weather forecast before heading outdoors. If the temperature is -25C or colder, including the wind chill factor, we keep the students inside for lessons and recesses. Please send hats, snow pants, boots, extra socks and a few pairs of mittens or gloves so students can be warm, dry and comfortable when they do head outdoors during colder months.
Even if the temperature is within the acceptable range, steady or heavy rain or very wet outdoor conditions may lead to the decision to remain indoors for lessons and recesses. Students are sometimes outdoors during a light drizzle or after rains earlier in the day so rain boots, splash pants, raincoats and a change of socks and pants are recommended especially in the spring months.
Snow days are days when the buses are cancelled. Follow the Walden PS Facebook page or Sudbury Student Services Consortium’s Twitter page for notifications or listen to your favourite local radio station for information regarding cancellations of transportation.
With very rare exception, Rainbow Schools remain open on these inclement weather days. Students who are able to walk or be driven to school can arrive between 8:30-8:50am and must walk home at or be picked up by 3:10pm. Although it may be a snow day, students will still have outdoor classes and recess if the conditions allow. Please come to school prepared to be outdoors on a snow day.
If you are a parent or guardian of a student that regularly walks to school, please notify the office if your child will not be attending on a snow day. We do not make calls to families of absent bus riders, but we do monitor for the safe arrival of our students that walk on slippery or snowy roads on a snow day.