Storms, strike and holiday keep children out of classrooms for 11 days
CBVRSB students spend time away from classroom.
Students within the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board will have spent 11 consecutive days out of the classroom by the time they return to school on Tuesday.
The unprecedented break from studies came about due to a perfect, depending on one’s perspective, storm of circumstances that was a combination of multiple cancellations due to bad weather, today’s one-day strike by Nova Scotia teachers and Monday’s Family Day holiday.
The last time students in the Cape Breton-Victoria board were in class was on Thursday, Feb. 9. In fact, there have been seven “snow days” in the past two weeks.
For Sherwood Park Middle School student Abbie Price, the extra time off has both advantages and disadvantages.
“We’re enjoying the time off, it’s fun, but I miss my friends at school — I still have to give them Valentine cards,” she said, as she trudged along a snow-filled Sydney street with sled in hand and three friends in tow.
As the group marched toward a distant hill for some tobogganing fun, Brookland Elementary School student Nolan Neville wondered aloud if the number of days missed due to weather-related cancellations might mean that they will lose their March break.
“I hope they don’t cancel March break — lots of people are going away,” he said, adding that Thursday was the day he and his classmates were supposed to pack up to move back to their own school. Brookland Elementary students have been attending classes at Shipyard Elementary since their south-end school was swamped in last October’s Thanksgiving Day flood.
The good news for students itching to return to class is that next week’s weather forecast, and the week after that, does not call for any extreme weather. In fact, temperatures are expected to hover very close to the freezing mark.
This group of Sydney students have had no trouble finding fun and interesting things to do during the plethora of days off they have enjoyed lately. On Thursday, they grabbed their sleds and headed for the hills. From left, Abbie Price, Nolan Neville, Ella Greencorn and Shane Greencorn.