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AVRSB Survey Results: Responding to Winter Weather Conditions

In December, AVRSB asked students, staff, families and school community members to fill out an online survey about different ways of responding to winter weather and road conditions. The infographic below shows the results of this survey, and how AVRSB will respond to certain winter weather situations.

 

 

 

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As shown in the infographic above, we received over 3,800 responses. The survey was open to anyone who had an interest in our storm day procedures. The survey results were one source of information for us to consider when reviewing our procedures. It was not designed to be scientific, but rather a way to gauge public opinion on possible approaches to winter weather conditions.
 
The results of this survey are similar to input we received from parent/guardian groups in the past. In 2010, we contacted school parent/guardian groups directly (Home and School Associations, Parent-Teacher Associations, School Advisory Councils, etc.) to ask if they were in favour of two-hour delayed openings. At that time, the groups that responded were not in favour of two-hour delayed openings, and preferred instead to have schools closed for the day when there was bad weather forecast for later in the school day, or more time was needed to improve road conditions.
 
In our recent survey, we asked two questions. Here's how people responded to each question, based on how they identified themselves:
 
1. Should AVRSB make "two-hour delayed openings' part of its storm day procedures?
In response to this question, overall results showed 70% of respondents are in favour of cancelling school for the day, instead of having two-hour delayed openings. By group, 82% of students, 65% of parents/guardians, 79% of staff and 71% of school community members responded in favour of cancelling school for the day instead of a two-hour delayed opening. A two-hour delayed opening will not become part of our storm day procedures.
 
2. Should AVRSB announce early dismissals at 6 a.m. if weather forecasts show bad weather is coming later in the day?
Overall, 53% of respondents want early dismissals announced at 6 a.m. when possible, rather than school being cancelled for the day. By group, 38% of students, 55% of parents/guardians, 57% of staff and 51% of school community members responded in favour of having early dismissals announced at 6 a.m. when possible, instead of cancelling school for the day when weather forecasts show bad weather is coming later in the day. With that in mind, we will make early dismissal announcements as early as possible.
 
There may be times during the day when a decision is made to close schools early because weather and road conditions are getting worse. Student safety is always our first priority.
 
For more information on AVRSB's procedures for storm days, school cancellations and bus driver discretion, please visit www.avrsb.ca/storm-daysschool-cancellations
 
 
 
 

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