Dressing for the Weather

Your child(ren) spend(s) around 80 minutes outside every day at recess and lunch alone. Students are going to be outside as much as possible for recess and lunch outdoor time, even in fairly heavy rain. This means that indoor recesses will be limited to extreme weather events, see below. As the temperature fluctuates from season to season, we ask that you properly prepare your child(ren) to be outside in all weather conditions. A rain jacket, sweater or fleece, umbrella, rain boots, and change of shoes are all things you can consider when planning for the next day's weather conditions. As you might imagine, our youngest students in Kindergarten and grade 1 are most prepared for all weather conditions, and Frankland's grades 5-6 students the least prepared. Please help your child(ren), particularly your older child(ren), to understand the importance of staying warm and dry during extended outdoor times particularly in late fall, winter, and early spring.

When there is heavy rain forecast, we will be monitoring the conditions carefully. If we deem the rain to be torrential, we have a plan in place to accommodate students in a safe and supervised way inside the school. This information has been shared with all staff, including homeroom teachers and lunch supervisors.


Severe weather: How are decisions made for school recess being inside or out? 

From time to time, it is necessary to hold indoor recess or a shortened recess due to inclement weather. These decisions are typically made on a school-by-school basis; however in cases where board-wide activities and programs are cancelled, this will be communicated on the TDSB website and social media.


Conditions warranting indoor recesses


(a) Lasting, torrential rain, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, extreme winds.

(b) Cold weather and/or severe icy conditions: When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates -28C or lower children will remain indoors due to risk of frostnip and frostbite.

c) Extreme heat: When the humidex reaches or exceeds +35C.


Outdoor school activities such as sports practices/games may be also cancelled due to severe weather. Visit the TDSB website to learn more about Snow/Cold Weather, Hot Weather and the Procedure for Severe Weather.