UNB, STU cancel exams in face of stormy weather
Students, teachers enjoy first snow day of the year
Both the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton have cancelled their Monday night exams in advance of a potential freezing rain storm.
UNB exams will be rescheduled until Dec. 16. The Fredericton campus is also closing its recreational facilities at 4 p.m.
St. Thomas University has rescheduled its Monday exams until Tuesday night.
Schools in the Anglophone East, Anglophone West, Anglophone South and Francophone South districts were closed Monday as the province braced for snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain.
Anglophone West superintendent David McTimoney said the decision was made in anticipation of the storm.
"We made the decision at about 25 minutes after five this morning. I talked to Shelley McLeod, our transportation manager who'd been working with our transportation team a little bit earlier this morning, and after talking about the expected weather coming our way, we thought it was best to close all schools in our district today," he said.
French schools and some English schools in northern New Brunswick remained open.
Some parents in the new Anglophone South School District were left wondering whether to send their children to school.
Anglophone South now has a new toll free number for information on closures and delays, but in the former School District 6 —stretching from Rothesay to Sussex — one of the old phone lines was still running leading some parents to believe school was open.
Superintendent Zoe Watson said the district has other ways to get information out.
"Announcements on the local radio stations prior to 6:30. We also put an announcement on our Anglophone South District website, and we are also using a Twitter account for Anglophone South School District as well. So there are those four means for parents or families to learn about delays or school closures this year," she said.
Environment Canada is forecasting several hours of freezing rain on Monday afternoon and evening.
Rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 millimetres are expected in southern New Brunswick by Tuesday morning with locally higher amounts possible, according to Environment Canada.