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Winter Weather

During the late fall and winter months, weather conditions might cause a school or schools to shut down. The Superintendent of Schools has authority, on behalf of the Board, to temporarily close a school or schools. This decision is made in consultation with management and supervisory staff who have checked first-hand on the driving conditions, walking/sidewalk conditions, and general condition of buildings and accessibility to sites. A number of factors go into a school closure decision, including: student and staff safety, the conditions of roads near schools, school grounds, school bus routes, and whether facilities are fully operational.

Any district-wide or partial-district closures will be decided and communicated by 6:30 A.M. In the event that there is winter weather but schools remain open, it is the parent’s decision, based on their assessment of the relative safety of travel conditions, as to whether or not their children attend school. 

Details and official announcements/updates are always distributed via the below platforms; please connect with us online.

How are District Sites and Road Conditions Assessed during Winter Weather?

Beginning at approximately 3:00 A.M., a crew from our Facilities Team begin investigating road conditions and conditions at district sites. Unpredictable conditions can be a result of the varying elevations within Abbotsford. For this reason, road assessments take place across the city.

District crews analyze estimated time that it will take for snow and ice to be cleared from parking lots, sidewalks and busses. Other concerns include fallen or low-lying trees, power failures, accidents and traffic flow. Sidewalks that have excessive snow due to street snow removal are also a safety concern, especially along corridors where students would normally walk to school.

Once area assessments are complete, the Facilities Team meets to compare their observations. A recommendation is then made to the Superintendent of Schools by 6:00 A.M..

How does the District decide to announce a Snow Day?

Once a recommendation is received, the Superintendent of Schools makes a decision based on the information provided, taking into account the safety of students and staff as a primary concern. If a decision is made to close schools, a district announcement is immediately placed on the School District website, Abby Schools app and social media sites, and shared with local media.

Snow Days are only ever announced on a day-by-day basis.

Opt-In to Receive Text Messages

In the event of a school closure, the district will also send out an automated message from it's messaging system, SchoolConnects (formerly Synervoice). Parents/guardians and staff who want to also receive text messages from the Abbotsford School District must opt-in by texting the word JOIN to 56360 from the mobile phone they wish to receive text messages on.