Humberwood Downs Weather Guidelines
Children need an opportunity to get exercise and free play time outdoors, however,
weather conditions sometimes warrant that indoor recesses, lunch periods and pre-entry
periods be considered necessary for student and staff safety.
Conditions warranting indoor recess
(a) Rain, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, extreme winds and extreme cold.
(b) Cold weather: When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates -28C or lower
children will remain indoors do to risk of frostnip and frostbite.
When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates -20 to -28C, recesses may be
shortened to 10 minutes and lunch recess be 20 minutes depending on local conditions.
Children should be monitored closely for signs of frostnip, frostbite or difficult breathing.
(c) Humidity, Heat and Smog Alerts: The City of Toronto issues heat alerts and heat
emergencies based on the daily forecast from May to September.
Alerts are posted on the Website www.toronto.ca/health or by calling (416) 338-7600.
Staff and students should be vigilant about their level of activity and should take frequent breaks for water in order to remain adequately hydrated.
Weather conditions change during the day. When necessary and if the weather is
questionable, the school principal will consult the Environment Canada’s
www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca or Toronto Public Heath Web sites for information.
Any staff member may voice weather concerns to the principal for consideration prior to
the next scheduled recess.
During extreme weather conditions, parents and students may visit inside the Great Hall
up to 15 minutes prior to the entry or dismissal bells.