Grosvenor-Wentworth Park Elementary

Winter Weather

The number one priority for HRCE is student safety.  As such, the HRCE does have a safety protocol for very cold temperatures called the Wind Chill Protocol. Generally speaking, students will be outside on most days during the winter months. Students can expect to be outside in wind chill conditions down to the -15° to -20° range. The decision to send students outside will be made carefully, considering a variety of factors (for example, wind strength, weather conditions, etc.).

It is important that all students be dressed appropriately for winter weather conditions. If you need support with finding winter outerwear for your child, please speak to your child's teacher or one of us in the office - we can help.

Wind chill is the cooling sensation caused by the combined effect of temperature and wind.  Environment Canada advises there is an “increased risk” of frostbite and hypothermia with a wind chill below – 27o C.  School administration consults the Environment Canada weather website frequently to determine weather conditions (as well as simply standing outside for a period of time) to determine whether or not students should be outside on a given day.  We also consider the length of time students will be outside, their activity level (heat generation), and exposure to wind and sun (the sun does have a warming affect, even during the winter months).  Whenever possible we do like to see our students being given the opportunity to get outside at some point during the day to get some exercise, fresh air, and have the opportunity to socialize with friends, rather than being confined to their classrooms for extended periods of time.  Student safety, health, and well-being are always paramount.   Parents should ensure their children are sent to school dressed appropriately for the weather and possible outdoor play.