NB school districts consider options to make up for lost class time due to storms

As New Brunswick students enjoyed more snow days this week, the province's school boards are trying to figure out a way to make up for those lost days.

Up to thirteen days of class have been missed due to storms in some parts of the province so far this winter, and some districts are considering cancelling professional development days for teachers as well as other activities which result in students being out of the classroom.

Anglophone North superintendent Beth Stymiest says district heads along with New Brunswick's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development are trying to be proactive by having schools develop plans to deal with time lost due to snow days.

Stymiest says the upcoming profession learning day, planned for February 24th, will be a dedicated opportunity for schools to take stock of student progress and create plans to ensure essential curriculum is covered.

She says such a task is only possible when teachers have the opportunity and time to collaborate so the meeting will be critical to ensure the learning and achievements of students move forward.

The district will discuss the issue at a meeting with its principals on Wednesday, February 15th, in an effort to identify strategies to address lost learning time.

Anglophone North District's total snow days to date:

  • Miramichi - 10 days
  • Miramichi Rural School - 12 days (due to ice storm)
  • Tabusintac Community School - 13 days (due to ice storm)
  • Harcourt School - 13 days (due to ice storm)
  • Rexton - 11 days
  • Bathurst - 7 days
  • Jacquet River - 8 days (1 power outage)
  • Campbellton/Dalhousie - 6 days

Meanwhile, Francophone North-East School District's Annie LeBlanc-Levesque says teachers in her district are trained to reorganize curriculum so essential materials are taught to students.

Francophone North-East District's total snow days to date:

  • Acadian Peninsula - 13 days
  • Chaleur Region - 6 days
  • Restigouche Region - 4 days

(with files from CBC)