Reminder about Heat Events at HWDSB
With warm weather approaching, we wanted to make you aware of how HWDSB addresses heat events.
Hamilton Public Health Services monitors weather forecasts closely and notifies the media and community partners of a heat event.
- A Heat Warning is issued when there are two or more consecutive days forecast with daytime highs greater than or equal to 31C and nighttime lows greater than or equal to 20C or two or more consecutive days with a Humidex of 40C or greater.
- An Extended Heat Warning is issued when there are three or more consecutive days observed with daytime highs greater than or equal to 31C and nighttime lows greater than or equal to 20C or three or more consecutive days with a Humidex of 40C or greater.
Once HWDSB has been notified of a heat event, information will be posted on our website and the following precautionary steps will be taken for students: Limit physical outdoor activities, ensure access to water, close drapes and blinds where possible, move students through cooler areas of the school and monitor students for symptoms of heat stress.
Time spent outdoors is an integral part of the school day. There are great benefits when children experience fresh air, exercise and time spent time outside. Outdoor play is also a break from the structure of the classroom. Depending on the season, preparing for outdoor play in Canada can mean anything from applying sunscreen to wear mittens and a hat.
Learn more about Severe Weather at HWDSB.
You can also visit the City of Hamilton’s or Health Canada’s websites for more information.