About two dozen schools were closed in the Outauais on Tuesday

About two dozen schools were closed in the Outauais on Tuesday

“Due to weather forecasts for tomorrow, CSSCV announces the closure of all its elementary and secondary schools and daycare services on Tuesday, September 5, 2023,” the organization announced on its website and social media. End of the day on Monday. Employees will be in teleworking mode.

The system covers areas east of Catino (Buckingham and Masson-Angers divisions) and Petit-Nation.

However, vocational and adult training centers will remain open, it said.

This decision is the result of a policy in force at CSSCV since 2018, which states that when the temperature is equal to or higher than 40 degrees Celsius, we find ourselves in a situation of great discomfort within the institutions, in this context, we consider that the students are not in an adequate educational environment, their well-being and that of the staff. Not to mention that well-being is compromised. The announcement is issued the previous day based on the forecast of high temperature in its territory.

“In case CSSCV closes schools due to extreme heat, two academic days from the beginning of the school year and the end of June are scheduled to be converted into class days in the school calendar,” it said. principle.

Nothing was decided yet on Wednesday.

All other schools in Outaois and Ontario are open as usual.

Draveurs School Service Center (CSSD) for its part saw fit to clarify this on the Internet.

“However, it is important to note that school groups can take steps to adapt educational activities depending on the temperature,” it says.

The National Capital Region is on heat alert with a heat wave likely to start Sunday and last till Thursday.

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On Monday, temperatures reached a high of 38 with a humidex factor, but they are forecast to reach 42 on Tuesday and Wednesday, before gradually dropping over the weekend.

The mercury crossed the psychological mark of 30°C in September and surprisingly, this mark has been reached only nine times since early June in the region, including none in August.

In its warning, Environment Canada says Tuesday and Wednesday will be the hottest days of the week with daytime highs of 30 to 34 degrees Celsius and nighttime lows in the low 20s. September.

Heat records may drop in coming days. On September 5 and 6, Ottawa recorded 33.1 and 31.7 degrees Celsius respectively, the highest mercury reached in 1983 and 1945.

“Extremely hot and humid air can cause air quality to decline and the Air Health Index to approach the high-risk category. Extreme heat affects everyone. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, and those who work or exercise outdoors are at greater risk,” the federal agency said. refers to

Remember to look out for the effects of heat illness such as swelling, rashes, cramps, fainting and heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Before feeling thirsty, it is recommended to drink plenty of water; Take frequent breaks, especially if you work outdoors.

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