Snow day: Island school districts announce Wednesday closures

Snow day: Island school districts announce Wednesday closures
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It’s a snow day for students on Vancouver Island.

Heavy snow has prompted several Island school districts, specifically in the west, inland, mid and north regions, to keep facilities closed on Wednesday, Nov. 30, including:

In Parksville, meanwhile, staff at School District 69 (Qualicum) have decided to keep schools open Wednesday, but say buses are not running.

In Campbell River, for example, staff at SD72 say unsafe conditions, particularly on side roads and sidewalks, are to blame for local school closures.

“Evening events or facility rentals for today are also cancelled. Groups that had reserved the use of one of our facilities should contact the school board office receptionist to reschedule or receive a refund,” states a notice from SD72.

Locally, post-secondary institutions are also closed Wednesday morning due to the snow, including Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo and tiwšɛmawtxʷcampuses, and its Parksville Centre. Updates will be posted here.

North Island College has announced morning closures, meaning all campuses are closed, affecting all classes and campus services. Staff at NIC say they plan to re-open by 1 p.m. Wednesday, with an update to be posted here at 11 a.m.

While Environment Canada has lifted previously issued snow warnings and special weather statements for Vancouver Island, Mainroad North Island says a “snow weather event” is anticipated in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and Port Hardy areas over the next 72 hours.

“Crews (are) patrolling and performing snow removal operations until event passes and roads are clear,” the road maintenance company said in a tweet around 7 a.m. Wednesday.


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