Nova Scotia

Halifax school board mulls snow days

Winter will be over by the time the Halifax Regional School Board decides if will change its policy on storm days.

Winter will be over by the time the Halifax Regional School Board decides if will change its policy on storm days.

The board heard from school advisory committees on Wednesday. It could make a decision by May.

Board member David Cameron, who represents schools in central Halifax, said it isn't necessary to close all schools when nasty weather hits and bus service is cancelled.

Instead, he said, the board could close families of schools.

"There are many days when schools are closed when it's quite possible for children to walk to school. And most do," Cameron said.

The board has been considering its options since a consultant recommended changes last year, ranging from keeping some schools open to better communication with parents.

The report, commissioned by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, was designed to help school boards prepare for storms and make up for lost class time.

Halifax school board chair Irvine Carvery said the board will consider the possibility of cancellations for families of schools.

But he said opinions are split and more discussion is needed.

He said the board must "ensure that we have the flexibility we need to be able to service all of our students within our board and to take into consideration the vast geographical area."

Other school boards are mulling their options too.

The Chignecto Central Regional School Board sent out a survey to parents of the 22,000 students who attend its schools asking for input on whether to keep schools open even on days when bus service is cancelled.

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