Snow forces closure of schools in Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island

B.C. weather: Snow, rain and cold snap in store this week, Environment Canada says

“B.C. South Coast Schools and Universities Close due to Heavy Snowfall

As winter weather blankets the region, schools and universities across British Columbia’s South Coast have announced closures for a ‘snow day.’ The decision comes as road conditions worsen and the safety of students and staff is at risk.

School Closures

Public schools in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Mission, and Richmond have all declared closures for the day. Additionally, Vancouver Island school districts, including Saanich, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Cowichan Valley, and Alberni, have cancelled classes due to the ongoing snowfall. However, the Greater Victoria School District will remain open, with regular bus services running.

Universities and Colleges

Several post-secondary institutions have also advised students to avoid travelling to campus. The University of British Columbia has cancelled all in-person classes, while Capilano University, Emily Carr University, BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, Langara College, and Vancouver Community College have closed their campuses to in-person classes. On Vancouver Island, the University of Victoria campus is open, but students are urged to check BC Transit schedules for running routes. Camosun College campuses are also open, but the situation may change throughout the day. Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus will be closed for the morning at least, with a planned update at 10:30 a.m., and other campuses remaining closed for the day.

Stay Tuned

As the situation continues to unfold, this is a developing story. Check back for updates on school and university closures due to the snowstorm.”

“The safety of students and staff is of paramount importance during extreme weather conditions. While closures can disrupt academic schedules, it is essential to prioritize the well-being of those in the education community. As the region grapples with ongoing snowfall, it is a reminder to stay informed and take necessary precautions to stay safe amidst the winter weather.”



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