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February 23 – All schools open & buses are running

Transportation is running and schools are open today.

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Why were our schools closed Friday?

The WRDSB has put in place a frigid temperature threshold in our severe weather procedure primarily for three reasons related to the safety of our students:

1. According to Environment Canada, at -35C exposed skin can freeze within 10 minutes. Environment Canada indicates that in temperatures between -28 to -39 there is a high risk of exposed skin freezing (frostnip or frostbite). This temperature is very unusual for our region and some students may not have the appropriate clothing to protect themselves.

2. Most students will take longer than 10 minutes to walk to school and the bused students may wait for an extended period of time should any bus be delayed.

3. We are unable to guarantee crossing guard service to our students as individual crossing guards have a right to maintain their safety given that they are exposed for extended periods of time in frigid temperatures.

The Education Centre remains open and is fully operational.

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Tuesday February 24 – Course Selections Due

Due to the school closure Course Selections for 2015-2016 will be due to homeroom teachers on Tuesday February 24 instead of the original date of Monday February 23.  The MYWAY portal will close at midnight Monday February 23.  After that date, students must make a guidance appointment to make changes to their course selections.  Classes [...]

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When do Schools Close Due to Weather?

Our procedure for severe weather  provides guidelines and expectations for school closings due to severe weather, and how this information is communicated to our families.

Severe weather refers to conditions such as ice, fog, rain, sleet, snow, wind and/or frigid temperatures and wind chills. We consider a frigid temperature to be -35C with wind chill, or colder.

The general manager of Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) will monitor weather and temperatures in the region beginning at 5:30am, using Environment Canada’s wind chill index. If the temperature is forecasted to reach or exceed -35C with wind chill at 7:00am, buses will not operate and schools will be closed. The education centre will be open to those employees who can safely arrive to work.

How do we communicate cancellations or closures?

Decisions relating to cancellations and closures are made by 6:00am. Any cancellations and closures will be posted on our website and school websites. Information will also be available on our twitter account (@wrdsb). We encourage you to monitor our website and listen to local media for up-to-date cancellation and closures.

Parents have the option of keeping their children at home when concerned about weather conditions.

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PHS Fashion Show – Wednesday, March 11th

The PHS Fashion Show 2015 starts at 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 11th in the PHS Cafetorium. This entertaining show will feature fashions from clothing and jewellery stores, and hair salons in the KW region. Students and staff will dance and strut the latest fashion trends down the runway.   Tickets Prices Adults $5 Students & Seniors [...]

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Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test – Thursday, March 26th

On Thursday March 26th, grade 10 and other eligible students will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. Those expected to write the test will be notified and receive specific information from the school either by mail or from a homeroom teacher after March Break.  Life skills and Development Education classes will continue as they [...]

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Course Selection Procedure for 2015-2016

On Tuesday February 10th students will receive course selection information from their homeroom teacher. Students and families can use the PHS website to plan out the courses for 2015-2016. During the week of February 17th and February 20th, grade 9, 10 and 11 homeroom classes will visit a computer lab to input their course selections; [...]

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2014 Director’s Annual Report

The 2014 Director’s Annual Report is now available! Each year, the Director is required to submit a report to the Ministry of Education, highlighting the achievements of the past year. Our Annual Report gives the local community a snap shot at what students and staff have achieved. Awards, good news stories and  achievements in learning [...]

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Allergies to perfume and scented products

Staff and students are reminded to be considerate of members or our school community who have severe allergies to perfumed products. These include deodorants, perfumes, colognes and sprays, as well as bath and body products. Please refrain from using these products while you are at school.  

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