Inclement Weather Procedure for School Crossing Guards

The procedure outlined below defines parameters for crossing guard duties when there is a weather alert or an extreme weather warning issued by the Environment Canada.

Cold alerts/extreme cold warnings

If there is a cold alert, crossing guards will be on duty, but service may be interrupted or intermittent if travel becomes difficult and guards cannot make it to their crossing location.

Environment Canada issues a cold alert when the daily predicted low is -15° C without wind chill.

If there is an extreme cold warning of -30° C or colder, guards will not be on duty even if the schools remain open.

Environment Canada issues an Extreme Cold Warning for outdoor activity (when the temperature or wind chill is expected to reach -30° C for at least two hours); or Extreme weather conditions such as blizzard or ice storm.

Heat alerts/extreme heat warnings

If there is a heat alert, a crossing guard will be on duty, but service may be interrupted or intermittent if guards cannot make it to their crossing guard location.

If there is an extreme heat warning of 31°C or warmer, guards may not be on duty even if the schools remain open.

For more information contact:

Jim Pendlebury
Supervisor - Traffic Operations
905-845-6601, ext. 3953
jim.pendlebury@oakville.ca