There is no doubt: Winter weather is coming. Deciding when to keep schools open, and when to cancel them during the winter can be challenging.
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board staff consult with multiple weather forecasts, check on road conditions throughout the school board region via the RCMP and the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation, as well as staff members on the ground in each area, to help make the call.
This year, they’re trying something new. Beginning this winter, CCRSB schools and offices will be participating in an early dismissal pilot. Days when the forecast predicts developing winter weather conditions late in the day, CCRSB may consider announcing an early dismissal for schools. The early dismissal will be based on predicted weather conditions for certain geographical areas (Pictou, Colchester, Cumberland and East Hants), just like morning cancelations.
The pilot has two goals:
►To reduce the number of instructional (learning) days lost to a full day cancelation due to the weather, while keeping the health and safety of students and staff our top priority.
►To assist parents/guardians in planning for days when the forecasted weather is poor.
Early dismissal will be one or two hours before the usual school day end. For example, on a day when a one-hour early dismissal is announced in the morning, a school normally dismissing at 2:30 p.m. would dismiss at 1:30 p.m.
Students, parents and guardians will know about the early dismissal because it will be announced on the school board website (ccrsb.ca), Twitter and Facebook by 6:30 a.m.
The “All Schools OPEN” button on the CCRSB website will turn orange, and will read “Early Dismissal”. The decision will also be sent to all local media. Schools will announce the early dismissal on their own websites, and via their social media channels.
Questions about the early dismissal pilot can be directed to school principals, CCRSB Student Transportation at 902-897-5561 or the CCRSB’s Operations Department at 902-897-8930.