Diefenbaker Elementary School


Emergency School Closures

Information regarding the district’s emergency school closure protocol, which encompasses winter-related closures, can be found on our district website > Our District > Emergency School Closures.

General Information

During an emergency, inclement weather, power outage or similar incident, it is a priority to communicate effectively to parents, students and community partners. We work closely with local municipalities and emergency services to gather accurate information about road conditions and safety considerations.

We will work quickly to determine impacts to school so parents can adjust plans accordingly in the early morning hours. We try to determine school closures due to inclement weather by 6:30 am.

​Safety is a Shared Responsibility

  • Student/staff safety is always our first priority and it is a shared responsibility.
  • If schools are open, and you wish to keep your child/children home due to weather conditions, you may absolutely do so - just let your school know of this decision.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for their child's safe travel to school and during winter weather conditions and we encourage parents to walk their children to school if possible in poor weather conditions.

With your cooperation and support related to winter weather procedures, we can achieve safe conditions for all.


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Local Media

To reach as many people as possible - as quickly as possible - we work closely with our local media to share information. Listen to local radio stations and follow local news outlets online to also get information about the impact of severe weather or emergencies in our schools.

Radio - AM

690 - CBC Radio One (Listen)

730 - AM 730 (CHMJ) (Listen)

980 - CKNW (Listen)

1130 - News1130 (Listen)

1320 - CHMB (Listen)

1470 - Fairchild (Listen)

1600 - Radio India (Listen)

​Radio - FM

88.1 - CBC Radio One (Listen)

103.5 - QM/FM (Listen)



City TV


Fairchild TV

Global TV

*Please do not call the radio stations.

Individual school closures due to unique circumstances (e.g., power outage) will be announced as early as possible in the same manner. If snowfall begins while school are in session, in most circumstances, the schools will remain OPEN until the usual end of the school day.

No radio or television announcement will be made saying that schools are open.  Only school closures will be announced by the media.

Tue, 2018/01/09 - 3:08pm