Snow Days

Posted at 8:55 am on November 20, 2017

Last week, the Halifax Regional School Board made an announcement regarding their new policy for snow days. Under the new policy, the board can delay the opening of schools in order to have less full day cancellations.

This is an idea that has been in the Strait Regional School Board for more than a year now. A spokesperson from the SRSB says that they added a ‘delayed opening of schools’ option to their class cancellation procedures in February of 2016. This would allow the board to delay the opening of schools by a couple hours, allowing students a chance to get a partial day in.

The SRSB says they have never used it and it would only be used in rare circumstances when an extreme weather event has concluded but snow clearing or other operations require additional time.

Posted at 11:32 am on April 6, 2017

It was reported last week that an education expert based out of Halifax says the amount of snow days in the province amounts to ‘crisis’ levels. Paul Bennett cited the fact that communities such as Winnipeg have no snow days some years.

Superintendent of the Strait Regional School Board, Ford Rice doesn’t believe Nova Scotia is at a crisis level for snow days. In fact, Rice says that this claim doesn’t have much merit:


Rice feels that even with the work-to-rule campaign, there have been minimal disruptions in the classroom throughout the past few months. Rice says the situation will be followed closely in relation to lost time because of snow days.