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:
- Nanaimo-Ladysmith — SD68 (schools closed)
- Pacific Rim — SD70 (schools closed)
- Comox Valley — SD71 (schools closed)
- Campbell River — SD72 (schools closed)
- Vancouver Island North — SD85 (schools closed)
In Parksville, meanwhile, staff at School District 69 (Qualicum) have decided to keep schools open Wednesday, but say buses are not running.
(Nov 30, 2022) Due to lingering snow on the ground and freezing temperatures, school is cancelled today. pic.twitter.com/0pD9ETVWNZ
— School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) (@sd68bc) November 30, 2022
All Comox Valley Schools (SD 71) are closed today Wednesday, November 30 due to unsafe road conditions, particularly on side streets and sidewalks. pic.twitter.com/0CnZwMJ1hC
— Comox Valley Schools (@ComoxValleySD71) November 30, 2022
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.
Due to unsafe conditions, particularly on the side roads and sidewalks, all SD72 district schools are CLOSED today, November 30. Evening events or facility rentals for today are also cancelled. Groups… https://t.co/zFRpPumKjQ
— School District 72 (@CRSD72) November 30, 2022
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.
Nov. 30: Snow Closure: All NIC campuses are closed this morning. We are monitoring & planning to open at 1 pm. https://t.co/SV8FY4yS7z will be updated at 11 am for afternoon classes.
— North Island College (@NIC_first) November 30, 2022
Wednesday, November 30, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo and tiwšɛmawtxʷ campuses and Parksville Centre are CLOSED this morning (Wednesday, November 30, 2022) for the morning due to severe weather. Learn more: https://t.co/VOCsUhBYWw pic.twitter.com/QvLPCzNCwD
— VIU (@VIUniversity) November 30, 2022
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.
Crews patrolling and performing snow removal operations until event passes & roads are clear.
— Mainroad North Island | Shift into Winter (@MainroadNIsland) November 30, 2022