Closures will not effect students’ education

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SUMMERSIDE – Parents worried about their children’s education this year due to snow days shouldn’t worry.

Cynthia Fleet, Superintendent for the English Language School Board, said although time is precious, students will not loose anything.

“It is possible for schools to achieve all their teachings.”

Fleet said Monday’s closure marks the 11th day schools have been closed on the Island this school year.

She said this is not an unusually high number of storm days on the Island, and no cause for concern.

“My view is, we have limited amount of time already. It’s important to maximize the time we do have.”

Fleet is confident teachers can rework learning plans to maximize their time.

UPEI students studying education in school placements will not be affected by all the closures.

Karen-Anne O’Halloran said the university has a higher practicum than needed for their certificates.

With more snow and freezing rain expected to hit the Island, Fleet said school may be closed Tuesday as well.

With the lingering possibility of a closure today 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.

 

Organizations: English Language School Board

Geographic location: Iceland

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