School board looking at another storm day tomorrow

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English Language School Board superintendent Cynthia Fleet says focus must be on work that needs to be completed

English Language School Board superintendent Cynthia Fleet.

For the fourth consecutive day, schools across the province have been closed due to unsafe weather, bringing the total number of school days cancelled this year to 12.

Cynthia Fleet, superintendent of education for the English Language School Board (ELSB), said a number of factors are taken into consideration when deciding to implement school closures. She listed road conditions, extreme weather, the amount of snow present and the forecast as examples.

With the total number of days missed amounting to nearly two and a half weeks, Fleet said schools will need to revise their curriculums for the remainder of the semester.

"There certainly needs to be a review with a focus on what needs to completed," she said.

As of midday Monday, Fleet said the probability of another closure Tuesday is undetermined, with the department having only the forecast to rely on at this point.

"We do know that there's questionable weather... in that there is weather that could impact our decision," she said.

With the lingering possibility of a closure on Tuesday and a professional development day on Friday, there's a chance this school week will only be two days long for students.

When asked if the PD day this week could be rescheduled, Fleet said there would be no changes made to the current agenda.

"There are parent-teacher interviews scheduled Friday," she explained. "It is very important at midterm for parents to have the opportunity to attend interviews."

Fleet has received two emails from parents concerned with the way the remainder of the semester would be used.

"Parents may not be aware that there are certain decisions that come under the authority of the Department of Education and the minister of Education," she said. "As a school system we will continue to work under our authority within the department."

Fleet said a team from the ELSB would evaluate the weather conditions as early as 4 a.m. Tuesday to determine the best course of action for whether the school day will proceed.

Organizations: English Language School Board, Department of Education

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  • hello.. not the solution
    April 02, 2014 - 09:16

    Not the solution..............would May suit you better? We are not living on the Equator. Or in the Dickens age. Perhaps rethinking the 2 months off together in Summer could be considered.

  • Flustered
    April 01, 2014 - 08:45

    Adding days to the end of the school year is ILLEGAL. The teachers have a signed contract specifying that days cannot be added at the end of the year. Someone brings this up every year. How can you people not get this through your heads?

    • Someone who wants to see our kids receive an education
      April 01, 2014 - 17:47

      So then why has 1 day been added to the beginning and 1 day added to the end of next year's school year...to allow for yet 3 more PD days? Guess it is possible...if people are willing. We just know they aren't. How about we cancel the remaining PD days in this school year and try to reclaim at least a fraction of the 13 teaching days lost so far? Heaven forbid the schools lost one of their precious PD days. Who cares whether the PEI school system remains in last place in the country?? We aren't getting out of that spot any time soon, clearly. We're more concerned that teachers retain all their months of time off rather than trying to make up for the lost teaching days...regardless of why they were cancelled. They don't have to remain lost if everyone was willing to do something about it.

    • Someone who wants to see our kids receive an education
      April 01, 2014 - 17:50

      So then why has 1 day been added to the beginning and 1 day added to the end of next year's school year...to allow for yet 3 more PD days? Guess it is possible...if people are willing. We just know they aren't. How about we cancel the remaining PD days in this school year and try to reclaim at least a fraction of the 13 teaching days lost so far? Heaven forbid the schools lost one of their precious PD days. Who cares whether the PEI school system remains in last place in the country?? We aren't getting out of that spot any time soon, clearly. We're more concerned that teachers retain all their months of time off rather than trying to make up for the lost teaching days...regardless of why they were cancelled. They don't have to remain lost if everyone was willing to do something about it.

  • J
    April 01, 2014 - 08:35

    Here we go again, blaming teachers for the weather. I'm sure most teachers have adjusted the programs to make up for time lost up to last week. High school students are in a new semester, different programs, different students. It's funny that no one complains about the effects on curriculum delivery of student absent ism due to sports activities, family holidays, exhausted students in class, disruptive students, etc. I could go on. All of this affects delivery of programs. Teachers don't cause weather conditions nor call school off.

  • country boy
    April 01, 2014 - 04:19

    How many people live on PEI? How many posts are here? I know the minority tries to rule but the silent majority will always carry the day. Those are the ones that understand the limit of political power, the limit of union power, the limit of teacher power when it comes to weather. Weather rules.....Many parents have taken the time to read to their kids,many kids have taken the time to keep in touch with their studies and most important of all, many have taken family time.

  • sammy
    April 01, 2014 - 04:10

    It is interesting to note that the gym I go to all of the teachers can make it there for their workout (3 of last 4 cancelled days) in the early morning but they can't get to school to teach?. Something wrong with this picture. They hang over their smartphones in the early morning checking to see if they have another day off.

  • Karen
    April 01, 2014 - 01:36

    Above all else, I would rather have my child safe. Honestly, if the weather and missed school days are the only things people have to complain about, they should count themselves lucky! I know I certainly do!

  • wallman2001
    March 31, 2014 - 22:56

    I am just curious why the English Language School Board isn't using their system of Families of Schools to close certain groups of school in areas that really need to be closed, rather than just a complete shutdown? Wasn't the Family Of Schools system set up for that very reason?

  • This is
    March 31, 2014 - 22:03

    This is about way too many PD days & now many days lost re storms...the kids education suffers. There is NO reason whatsoever the days can not be added on to the end of the school year. Seriously. Seriously. Teachers are being paid for teaching & they already get two months off in summer time & a week re Christmas, week re spring break, Easter? maybe too? hello?

  • change of scenery
    March 31, 2014 - 21:48

    Why not one months holiday in the Winter . And one months holiday in Summer. Why does it have to be 2 months together in Summer?

    • not the solution
      April 01, 2014 - 05:34

      Have you been in a classroom in June? From what I understand the heat can be unbearable. 25 students in old classrooms with windows that can barely open and no air conditioning. We'd be complaining about air quality and heat exhaustion.

  • city
    March 31, 2014 - 18:02

    I can tell you right now that schools will be CLOSED tomorrow. They should add some of these 12 missed days onto the year end in June, See if the students and teachers will like that . They are all laughing right now with these added HOLIDAYS they are receiving...

    • Yep..
      March 31, 2014 - 21:21

      ..let's stick it to the students and the teachers! They are the ones responsible for this crappy weather. It is all their fault. How dare they stay home when roads are not safe? Seriously?? Someone as bitter and ridiculous as yourself does not need to spout your vile opinions on a public forum. Safety of children first and always.

  • Concerned parent
    March 31, 2014 - 16:51

    Yes, school should definitely have been closed down . However, more instructional time has been lost. Please add days to the school year, Ms Fleet.

  • Rita Jackson
    March 31, 2014 - 16:27

    I support the school board. They should never take a chance on losing a child in a road accident.

  • concerned father
    March 31, 2014 - 16:06

    bureaucratic mombo jumob. like having the kids home but canceling school in queens today is a joke. time to rid ourselves of unions and this government. we need to try to keep are kids in school.

    • @concerened father
      March 31, 2014 - 16:14

      OMG!!! Are you for real? What kind of job do you hold that we should get rid of unions? Or maybe you dont hold a job at all. Maybe you need an education!!! On another note happy the children were kept home again today ...better to be safe.

    • huh
      March 31, 2014 - 18:49

      Unions and government? Neither the unions nor the government (liberals) have anything to do with storm days. I've lost count of the number of uninformed opinions on these boards....