Administrative Procedure 132

Emergency Closings

Schooling is a vital educational and social responsibility. It is important that all Division schools remain open and in operation on scheduled days if at all possible. We also understand that our students are better served both academically and socially by being in school. Nonetheless, our top priority is safety.


  1. The Superintendent may close any school if the health or safety of students is endangered.
  2. The Principal may close a school in cases of serious emergency, such as a breakdown in service facilities resulting in intolerable classroom conditions.
    1. If such a closure is carried out, the Principal must report the action immediately to the Superintendent giving full details as to why the action was necessary.
    2. Proper precautions must be taken by the Principal to notify parents or guardians of the children affected.


May 12, 1986


December 12, 2006, September 21, 2016, December 30, 2021


Section 11, 31, 32, 33, 52, 53, 60, 62, 196, 197, 222, Education Act

Employment Standards Act

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Cross Reference:

Policy 12 Role of the Superintendent

AP 165 Emergency Plans

AP 310 Student Supervision

AP 430 Role of the Principal