SD51 closes schools for the first time in over 20 years

Icy road conditions is to blame for the shutdown.
Icy road conditions is to blame for the shutdown.
School District 51 (SD51) is somewhat notorious for not closing on snow days, but icy road conditions have finally pushed pause on this steadfast tradition.
Parents and teachers woke up this morning to news that schools across the Boundary would be closed today, Feb. 15, due to freezing rain.
This is the first time that SD51 Superintendent Kevin Argue can remember the schools closing due to weather conditions in the 20-plus years he's worked for the district, but he called the decision "easy."
The call was made early in the morning when Midway bus drivers went to warm up the buses and immediately recognized how dangerous the conditions were.
Argue and staff then followed up and found provincial highway reports were saying the same thing -- warning people to change their plans and stay home.
The decision was made to keep everyone safe including the students on buses, staff and parents that drove their kids to school.
Occasionally, schools will close their bus routes but remain open for local students that can easily travel, but Argue said they didn't want to send parents out into the same conditions they weren't willing to send buses. "Why would we do that to them? We were either all in or all out."
Argue is optimistic that the ice will melt by tomorrow, but said they will continue to monitor road conditions and decide about future school closures as they come up.
Staff are being called into either their home schools or their local SD51 office when it is safe for them to travel.

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