Weather-related Closures & Cancellations

As always, it is up to the parent/guardian to decide if they feel comfortable sending their child to school. We support and respect your decision.

We are fortunate to live in a place where the weather is usually mild, but at times we might experience storms, power outages, very cold and even snowy days.

The decision to close a school due to a power outage is made on a case-by-case basis, taking all factors into careful consideration. SD62 schools will do its best to be open for students and staff on all prescribed school days to provide duty of care. The safety of students and staff is our first priority. Circumstances like snow, flooding, power outage and more could cause disruption to a normal school day. During times like these, the decision to close schools or cancel school buses will be made by the Superintendent.

In all cases below, announcements will be made to parents, students and staff as close to 6:30 a.m. as possible via one or more of the following:
* School District website
* Social media via SD62 Facebook and Twitter
* School/District email
* Telephone
* Local radio stations

School closure during school hours

If weather conditions create a concern for safety, the school principal may close the school after consulting with the Superintendent. While every effort will be made to keep schools open, parents are encouraged to establish a plan for their children in the event of early dismissal or school closure. Closure announcements will be made by the methods listed above.

  • Elementary and middle schools – teachers will contact parents or emergency contacts to advise of closure. Students may only leave with their parent/guardian.
  • Secondary schools – students will be free to leave after the closure announcement is made and it is deemed safe.
    Schools will remain open until all students are picked up or transported home by school bus.

School bus cancellation

School bus transportation may be cancelled when the Superintendent is advised by the Transportation Department that roads are in poor condition and not safe. The Superintendent will then make the decision to open schools as normal or close them.

Buses are cancelled, but schools are open

* The choice to bring children to school is that of the parent/guardian.
* Schools will not conduct a normal instructional day because of the decrease in students and staff.

School closure outside of school hours

Depending on the severity of the weather, the Superintendent may make a decision to close schools for students or for both staff and students. In rare circumstances, some schools may be kept open because of location and the need for a safe place for students.

Sooke School District

3143 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC V9B 5R1

Phone: (250) 474-9800
Email: info@sd62.bc.ca

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday