Inclement Weather and Emergency Centre Closures/Evacuation
Due to severe inclement weather, when normal operation would pose a significant danger to our staff, children and their families or would prevent many safely travelling to/from work Bright Starts CELC may find it necessary to close the centre. The centre must adhere to the University of Waterloo’s procedures for closure in case of inclement weather as we rely on the University to maintain the access road and parking areas and other services. If the University of Waterloo does not close due to severe weather Bright Starts CELC will still close if either the Public or Separate School Board closes. The final decision to close the centre is the responsibility of the Executive Director in consultation with the President of our Board of Directors or his/her designate.
Due to unforeseen circumstances i.e. storm damage, power outages, equipment failure, disaster in the nearby area or other temporary problems, Bright Starts CELC may be instructed to close or evacuate by other regulatory bodies such as the Ministry of Education, the Region of Waterloo, local Fire or Police Department. Should such an event occur, Parents, Guardians or Emergency Contacts will be informed by telephone should Bright Starts CELC be closed, and you will be asked to pick up your child(ren) as soon as possible. This process will take time, however, so please assist the Staff by ensuring your contact information is up-to-date. If necessary, the children will be evacuated to alternate facilities where you may pick them up. Our emergency shelter is The Columbia Ice Field located on Hagey Blvd across from the School of Optometry.
Communication Procedure for Centre Closures
Where possible a decision to close the centre will be made by 6:30AM. The closure will be communicated through UW’s Communications and Public Affairs Office and the Region’s local radio stations 96.7 CHYM FM and 570 NEWS and will be listed on their website www.chymfm.com and www.570news.com. Bright Starts CELC’s telephone service and website www.brightstartsearlylearning.ca will also be updated to reflect the closure with additional communication sent to families via email.
The Day Nurseries Act requires children over 30 months of age play outdoors for at least two hours each day while children under 30 months of age are outdoors for play/sleep for up to two hours per day (weather permitting). During the summer months, peak sun times are avoided when scheduling outdoor time.
Due to inclement weather, children may not be able to participate in or may have limited time for outdoor play.
The following weather situations may occur and influence outdoor time:
- a smog advisory is in effect
- temperature higher than 32 degrees with or without the humidex
- temperature is below -15 with or without the wind chill (-10 for infants)