Some Vancouver Island schools closed Friday for second snow day this week

Some Vancouver Island schools closed Friday for second snow day this week
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It’s the second snow day this week.

On Vancouver Island, students from the Comox Valley School District (SD71) and Campbell River School District (SD72) are getting an early start to the weekend.

With a snowfall warning in effect for east and inland Vancouver Island and up to 15 centimetres expected to fall throughout the day into Saturday, the two school districts have announced closures for Friday, Dec. 2.

North Island College says its Comox Valley, Campbell River and Port Alberni campuses are also closed Friday, meaning all in-person, digital and blended classes are cancelled, while the Mixalakwila campus in Port Hardy is open.

“This difficult decision was made out of an abundance of caution with student and staff safety in mind,” SD71 said in a notice. “Many roads, side streets, pathways and routes into school for staff and students are not cleared or safe for travel.”

SD72 took to social media, saying evening events and facility rentals are also cancelled, adding, “If you are a group that had reserved the use of one of our facilities, please contact the school board office to reschedule or receive a refund.”

Meanwhile, school districts like Qualicum (SD69), Nanaimo-Ladysmith (SD68) and Vancouver Island North (SD85) say classes are in session with buses running today.

Environment Canada says a low-pressure system will bring another round of snow to both eastern and inland regions, including the Malahat, with the heaviest snowfall forecast near the afternoon rush hour commute.

That’s on top of the white stuff that already fell earlier this week, prompting schools, including in the Comox Valley and Campbell River, to close Wednesday.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions,” the weather agency warned.

READ ALSO: More snowfall warnings issued on Vancouver Island, drivers urged to take precautions


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