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School closures climb this winter

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Students in Prairie Rose and Red River Valley School Divisions have enjoyed some extra time off this year as their schools were closed for six days due to bad weather and road conditions.


That’s six more closures than last year’s zero.


RRVSD superintendent Pauline Lafond-Bouchard said the prime concern is students’ safety rather than having them risk travelling on slippery and snow-covered roads in school buses, private vehicles or on foot.


"These things happen. What can you do?" she added.


PRSD superintendent Bruce Wood said this is an exceptional year, with the number of closures only topped by the eight that occurred in 2008-09.


"There is always a concern when that much time is missed," he said. "The decision to cancel classes is always done with careful deliberation and consultation with the transportation staff."
At this point, neither division has announced any plans to have students make up for lost school time.

— Staff

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