Researcher accuses school districts of being too cautious when it comes to snow days

There are more storm days for Maritime schools than anywhere else in Canada according to a researcher at St. Mary's University in Halifax.

Dr. Paul Bennette calls the numbers abnormal and says they have a significant impact on a child's education.

Students attending Francophone schools in the province had an average of 11-and-a-half days off since September with Chaleur region schools closing for 12 days, 19 days on the Acadian Peninsula and 7 in the Restigouche area.

Bennette suggests a fear of parental retaliation along with a different way of thinking about closures than people in the West could explain high number of snow days.

He says better collaboration between government departments on snow removal and school transportation could help the matter.


(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)