Nova Scotia

Chignecto school board mulls snow days

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board wants public feedback on the idea of keeping schools open on snow days.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board wants public feedback on the idea of keeping schools open on snow days.

The board, which serves 105 schools in central and northern Nova Scotia, is sending a survey to teachers, parents and students to hear what they think of the idea.

There's no official proposal yet, but board spokeswoman Carolyn Pierce said Wednesday the idea is to open schools to staff and students on days when the bad weather shuts down bus routes.

Pierce said board members have identified several possible pitfalls to keeping schools open on storm days.

"I think one of the primary concerns is that students who aren't able to make it to school could lose out on educational opportunities. As well, there are some concerns that maybe teachers would be teaching a lesson plan on a storm day and then have to repeat it again the next day," she said.

"We're concerned specifically about rural areas where students would be less likely to be able to make it to school. So, that could be an issue, as well."

But, Pierce said, opening on snow days could provide students with extra study time, and accommodate parents who have to work.

"It could provide additional time for some students who want to come in and get additional assistance. Sometimes it's stormy early in the morning when the buses are getting ready to run, but then it's cleared up by mid-morning. By then, of course, school has already been cancelled.

"We also get a lot of comments from parents who tell us that they go to work on stormy days, and they've asked, 'Could we not bring our children to school?'"

Feedback will be collected over the next two months. Any changes would take effect during the next school year.

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