Schools closed across Chignecto-Central Regional School Board

Cumberland County parents mystified with decision

Published on March 20, 2017

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TRURO, N.S. – Parents were mystified to wake up to no school early Monday, but a spokesperson for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board says the decision to close schools for weather is based on the best information available at the time.

While parts of Nova Scotia, including Halifax and Cape Breton, were getting pounded by an early spring snowstorm, very little snow fell on Cumberland County overnight Sunday.

Still, the Chignecto-Central School Board cancelled classes on what would have been the first day back in school for students after the March Break.

Several parents took to social media early Monday to question the board’s decision to cancel classes. Debbie Buott-Matheson said it’s sometimes tough to make the call on cancelling classes, but said it’s always based on safety.

“It’s not just what’s happening at that moment but what’s predicted to happen as well,” she said. “The challenge is the forecast can change, and sometimes it can change wildly. It’s a call that’s always made with safety in mind.”

Buott-Matheson said the director of operations is up around 4:30 a.m. and goes on a couple of different calls with private weather providers and Environment Canada where he gets a more fine-tuned forecast.

He also talks to the people at the board’s bus garages, where he gets more information on what the roads are like. Along with the forecast, she said, the director also gets a report on roads across the district.

It’s after collecting all this information that the call is made before 6 a.m.