School district closures
All schools in the North Vancouver School District will remain OPEN during winter weather, including snowfalls, if possible. Any school district-wide closure will be decided by 6:30 a.m. (at the latest) and announced using the following channels:
- Metro Vancouver media (see below for a listing of stations)
- School district and school websites (home page)
- SchoolMessenger notification for parents/guardians (email and/or text message*)
- Email, memo or meeting for staff
*Parents/guardians: Sign up for text message alerts regarding weather and other school-related emergencies on SchoolMessenger.
|CBC AM 690 radio |
CBC Radio One 88.1 FM
CHMB AM 1320 radio
CHMJ AM 730 (Traffic) radio
CHQM FM 103.5 radio
CFBT FM 94.5 radio
CKNW AM 980 radio
CKWX News AM 1130 radio
In the event of an emergency release of students during the school day, SchoolMessenger will also be used to notify parents/guardians.
Any school-specific closure or delayed start due to unique circumstances, such as a power outage*, will be posted on the school and school district websites, communicated to parents/guardians through SchoolMessenger, and communicated to staff through email, memo or meeting.
*During a power outage, the school district works closely with BC Hydro to ensure it has the most current information to make the best possible decisions that balance the need to minimize interruptions to teaching and learning with keeping students and staff safe, the latter being our first priority.
Student safety: a shared responsibility
Student safety is the school district’s first priority. It is also a shared responsibility. Parents/guardians are responsible for their child's safe travel to school. If for any reason you feel your child cannot travel safely to school, please make other arrangements for your child. Students who are not able to attend school due to severe weather conditions will not be penalized for their absence.
You are also encouraged to establish an emergency plan for your child in the event schools are closed, the school's start time is delayed, or students are dismissed early. In addition, students should arrive to school dressed appropriately for winter conditions.
The school district encourages you to review your own preparations for winter weather and to ensure you are familiar with your municipality's snow and ice response procedures.
Please also adhere to parking restrictions in and around all North Vancouver School District schools, including any changes to driving routes that may be put into effect on streets adjacent to the school. Your child’s school would notify you of any such changes.