Administrative Procedures

Administrative Procedure 131

Emergency School Closures




The safety and lives of children and employees must be a primary concern in Wild Rose School Division. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to consider emergency school closure.




1.      The decision to close a school for emergency purposes shall be made by the Principal in consultation with the Superintendent or designate. Factors which may result in closure include but are not limited to:


1.1     Failure of plumbing, heating or ventilation installations of the nature likely to be detrimental to the health or safety of students or employees; and/or


1.2     Any other emergency conditions likely to be detrimental to the health or safety of the students or employees


2.      In the event that school closure may be necessary:


2.1     The Principal shall immediately initiate steps to advise as many parents as possible, and shall keep staff and students fully informed, and shall ensure the safety of every student;


2.2     The Superintendent or designate shall notify the Manager of Transportation Services office;


2.3     The Manager of Transportation Services office shall contact the bus drivers and local radio stations and post to Division website under Transportation Services; and


2.4     Bus drivers shall use their communication system established previously to reach as many parents/guardians as possible when buses are being sent home early and for ensuring the safety of each student.



Reviewed:  November, 2011

Next Review by:  November, 2016


Legislative References:


         School Act Section 57, 60, 61


Board Policy:


         Policy 11 Delegation


Cross References:


         AP 132 Inclement Weather