Carisbrooke Elementary
North Vancouver School District
Winter Weather Information


School Drop Off and Pick Up

If at all possible, we would ask parents to avoid driving to the school on snowy mornings to avoid dangerous road conditions.  We would ask that students are walked to and from school, if possible

The school will try to maintain a pathway from Carisbrooke Road to the front of the building (to both entrances).  The pathway will be salted and kept as clear as possible.  We ask that all students and parents use this walkway when entering and leaving the school.

Please avoid the parking lot as it is reserved for staff who do need to drive from distances to get to Carisbrooke.  Please do not walk your child through the parking lot as there will be moving cars in potentially difficult weather conditions.

Lastly we ask that you have your children dressed for this type of weather.  Children really enjoy playing in the snow, but we want them to keep as warm as possible.

Communication Plan

The means of communicating information to parents will be through electronic means (website, district website, SchoolMessenger). We ask that parents follow media reports in the morning as the NVSD does provide information to these media outlets in the event of school closures.

School Closure (During the School Day)

In the unlikely event that the school is closed due to weather (in the middle of the day), the school will contact parents that the school is being closed. The school recognizes that snow storms or other weather events may make it difficult for parents to get to the school quickly. The school will hold all students until parents/guardians arrive for pickup.

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Snow Patrol

At this time of year, schools develop their annual Snow Plan. Given our unique location up the mountain, we know that the neighbourhood tends to get quite a bit of snow. School custodial staff ensure that the main walkway to the front door of the school, as well as the path from the staff parking lot to the front door, are cleared and salted. An important component of the snow plan is enlisting the help of parent or community volunteer snow teams, aka “The Snow Patrol”, to take on the work of additional clearing. All snow team volunteers must complete the Snow Clearance Volunteer Form.

If you are a family that uses the forest path behind the school please be advised that this path is not cleared by school district staff. You may want to gather a group of ‘behind the school’ neighbours to take turns clearing as part of the Snow Patrol. Alternately, you may want to adjust your route to school.