Wolf Creek Public Schools closed due to cold, but diploma exams still going ahead

As temperatures dip to the -30 C to -40 C range across central Alberta on Tuesday, one school division has cancelled all classes on Tuesday except for Grade 12 diploma exams.

Wolf Creek Public Schools covers a stretch of central Alberta south of Leduc to north of Red Deer and has K-12 schools in Alix, Bentley, Blackfalds, Bluffton, Clive, Eckville, Lacombe, Ponoka and Rimbey.

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As of 6 a.m., Environment Canada said it was -40 C in Red Deer with a wind chill of -45. The high for the day is forecasted to be a numbing -32 C with a wind chill of -38, which can cause frostbite in minutes.

Due to the extreme temperature both in the morning and afternoon, all Wolf Creek buses are cancelled and Wolf Creek schools are closed.

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That said, high schools will remain open only for those students scheduled to write diploma exams — which are written across Alberta at the same time.

The diploma exams scheduled for Tuesday are Part A for both Social Studies 30-1 and 30-2.

The school division said students scheduled to write a diploma exam are expected to make their way to school, but only if the student and their parents/guardians determine it is safe to do so.

More information on what to do if an exam is missed can be found on Wolf Creek’s website.

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In total, there are 30 schools, including five colony schools, throughout the school division.

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