About Us - Safe & Caring Schools - Notices 2018-19
Dec. 10, 2018 – Answering the call to conserve energy
BC’s natural gas supply continues to be limited this winter in the wake of the Enbridge pipeline rupture near Prince George in October.
In response to the call by FortisBC for customers to adopt conservation measures, New Westminster Schools is continuing to lower temperatures across the District until the situation is fully resolved. We have temporarily set temperatures in our schools at 21 degrees from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at 18 degrees from 12 p.m. to 8 a.m.
We are participating with other school districts and large natural gas consumers to help ensure gas reserves are adequate to meet the region’s needs. However, as colder winter weather settles in, we suggest all staff and students dress accordingly to accommodate the reduction in temperatures.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your school principal. For more information, please see the BC Ministry of Education bulletin.
Thank you for your continued support and participation.
See: Letter from Karim Hachlaf, Superintendent of Schools, sent to parents and guardians December 10, 2018.
Nov. 20, 2018 – Severe Weather Conditions
In preparation for the possibility of severe weather conditions, we would like to remind parents/guardians that all schools in the New Westminster School District will remain OPEN, if at all possible, during inclement weather including snowfalls.
In rare instances where a school closure is warranted, the decision will be made by 6:30 a.m. at the latest and will be announced over the radio stations CKNW AM 980 and CBC AM 690. Phone calls and emails will also be made to parents and guardians who are part of our SchoolMessenger System. Further, school and district websites will be updated accordingly.
Student safety is our priority and we ask that if a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to school then they should make alternate arrangements for their child. Student absences due to unsafe travel to school during inclement weather conditions will be excused. We also encourage parents/guardians to make advance alternate plans in the event of an unexpected school closure.
If you have any questions, please speak with your school principal.
See: Letter from Karim Hachlaf, Superintendent of Schools, sent to parents and guardians November 20, 2018.