Early announcement of cancellations rare for Annapolis Valley Regional School Board


Published on February 14, 2017

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BERWICK, NS - An early announcement of a school cancellation sent out by the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board (AVRSB) the evening of Feb. 12 was the first in at least half a decade.

Communications officer Kristen Loyst said student safety is the priority when making decisions about school cancellations. The board’s usual practice is to make cancellation announcements in the morning, by approximately 6 a.m.

Loyst said she could confirm that the early school cancellation announcement made the night before a weather event on Feb. 12 was the first of its kind in at least five years.

“The decision to announce this cancellation on Sunday evening was based on several factors, such as weather forecasts, information from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and advice from agencies such as Emergency Management Offices to avoid travel on Monday,” Loyst said.

She said there was an announcement from the province late on Sunday, Feb. 12, that government offices would be closed Feb. 13. Also, early cancellation announcements had been issued by two other school boards so the AVRSB decided it would be prudent to follow the same course of action.

The board again gave early notice of a school cancellation the evening of Feb. 13. The announcement was made at approximately 8:30 p.m. that all schools would be closed today, Feb. 14, and that AVRSB work sites would open at noon.

Environment Canada issued blizzard warnings for Nova Scotia on Sunday morning, Feb. 12. Snow started falling in Kings County around midnight or shortly thereafter. Approximately 60 cm fell across the county by the early morning hours of Feb. 14.

kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca