Classroom cancellations won’t prevent Peel public school students from learning this winter

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Public school students can forget about snow days this winter.

The Peel District School Boards says if snow and other bad weather stops the buses and shuts down schools, students will now be able to join their classrooms online.

The shift in policy comes due to coronavirus regulations and the ability for the board to now offer virtual lessons.

In the past, students who were able to still make it to school during bad weather would receive lessons as the schools would remain open. Under the new rules, on days when buses are cancelled for part or all of Peel Region, in-class instruction will also be cancelled for schools affected. Instead, impacted staff and students will engage in learning at home through internet classes where possible.

The same procedure would take place when schools have to shut down completely.

In addition, when buses are cancelled:
* Child care programs will remain open. Please check with your child care provider for details.
* Board administrative offices will remain open.
* Schools will remain open to custodial and other central Peel board staff only to perform essential duties to ensure the facility is ready for the following day.
* On days when schools have to close, all in-person activities at board offices and schools, including child care, will be cancelled.

During days of inclement weather, the decision to close public schools or cancel buses will be shared by 6:15 a.m. on the board’s <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/peelschools/”>Facebook</a>, <a href=”https://twitter.com/PeelSchools?lang=en”>Twitter </a>and <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/peelschools/”>Instagram </a>accounts. Information regarding cancellations or closures will also be available through school or board websites and through media outlets.
If no closures or cancellations have been announced by 6:15 a.m., buses are running and schools are open.

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