Storms, strike and hol­i­day keep chil­dren out of class­rooms for 11 days

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID JALA david.jala@cb­

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.

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