Snow days and extreme cold weather days are called in the interests of student safety. Our community is quite unique in terms of the wide geographical areas our students are drawn from. Everyone arrives at CDS by some mode of vehicular transport, many by bus and there is often a great distance between school and home. Safety on the roads is therefore the primary concern.
HOW? Our professional bus drivers are on the roads very early in the morning across a wide swath of our family’s geography. We rely on our transportation contractor to give us a very early indication as to the safety of road conditions across our catchment area.
WHEN? In most cases we are able to make a determination of road safety by 6:30 a.m. Should weather and driving conditions become dangerous once students are at school, we would move to an early dismissal schedule and let the community know by 1:00 pm.
WHERE? We will post information on the CDS website (that’s the best place to check) and a text and e-mail will be sent to the entire CDS community (if you receive The Backpack, you will receive this message. If not, contact Community Relations to update your e-mail address to ensure you are receiving all notifications.)
We will also post to our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and there will also be a message available at the CDS phone number (905) 833-1220. If an off-site trip is scheduled for that day, where appropriate, you will also be contacted by the faculty member in charge of that activity.
When weather prediction permits, we will announce the possibility of a snow day to the Middle & Senior School students the day before – think of it as a Code Snow! This is to hopefully lessen the loss of instructional time that is normally associated with a snow day.
When a Code Snow is called, Middle and Senior School students will take home all books and texts required for their studies the next day, as well as any study material for a scheduled test the subsequent day. Should a snow day be called, Grades 7-12 students MUST then login to MyCDS for work required in their scheduled courses, and teachers will post instructions for each course by 9:00 am.
Junior School faculty will also place reminders on class pages for parents to check in the event of a snow day. For older students this will include reading and class work, and for younger students, suggested snow day activities.
In brief – think of a Code Snow as preparation for a possible snow event the following day.
Occasionally, CDS buses may run late due to snowy or icy conditions or extremely cold temperatures. To check on the timing of your child(ren)’s bus, please go to the Delays and Cancellations Web Page or contact the dispatch number listed below. Delays of 15 minutes or more will be posted.
Parkview Simcoe Transit (905) 853-5331
CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.
13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 (905) 833-1220