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Weather Policy

In the interest of your children’s safety, we follow the guidelines of the Education Bureau (EDB) and Hong Kong Observatory. We also take into account a range of international standards of safe practice especially with regards to sporting activities in the context of Hong Kong.
The overall aim of our Weather Policy is to ensure that our after school programmes are run through a culture of safe practices.
Our lessons are cancelled in the event of adverse weather conditions.
All Language Centre lessons follow the policies below on the conditions under which lessons will be cancelled and the time at which cancellation comes into effect. In certain instances, classes may not proceed due to overriding circumstances, including but not limited to unsafe facilities, EDB or other announcements. This may or may not include instances when a weather signal is issued by Hong Kong Observatory (for example heavy localised rain, hazardous hot and humid weather, and similar). In all weather related cancellations beyond our control, a cancellation announcement will be made on our website and Facebook, and no refund, credit or make-ups will be provided.

Rainstorm and Typhoon Warning Signals raised BEFORE the start of a session

Amber Rainstorm / Typhoon No. 1


Sessions will continue as normal.

Red or Black Rainstorm


ESF Language & Learning Centre will close for the session.

If the warning is in place 2 hours before the lesson start time, the session will be cancelled. If the warning is lowered before this time, the session will proceed as usual.*


Typhoon No. 3 or No. 8


All playgroup and kindergarten classes at ESF Language & Learning Centre will be cancelled if T3 and above is in placed 2 hours prior to the start of the lesson. Primary classes will continue as usual.

All classes at ESF Language & Learning Centre will be cancelled if T8 or above is in placed 2 hours prior to the start of the lesson.

If the signal is lowered to T1 before this time, all sessions will proceed as usual.*


*Classes will resume once the signal has been lowered: 

Time signal is lowered at or before:

7:00 am

9:00 am

11:30 am

12:00 pm


Classes will run from:

9:00 am

11:00 am

1:30 pm

2:00 pm


If Typhoon signal number 3 or above / red or black rainstorm warning is still in effect at 2pm, all classes will be cancelled.

Rainstorm and Typhoon Warning Signals raised when the session is in operation

If a rain warning is raised after the above time, we advise you to stay home as it may be unsafe to travel. If you have already set off for school, then proceed to school where staff will look after your child. If a typhoon warning is raised on your way to school or during class, we advise you to return home if it is safe to travel. Please be assured that if the signal is raised during class, your child will be supervised until they are collected by a parent / guardian.


Other useful links:

Hong Kong Observatory -
Education Bureau -