Posted January 20, 2018 07:27:40For more than 1.2 million schools across Canada, Christmas is the day when students can play with their games and go to the park, but for some schools, the holiday is also the day their students can be absent from classes.
In the case of about 1,500 schools, Christmas breaks are not only the time students are allowed to go home, but also the time they are expected to come to class and meet their teachers.
The number of schools affected is small.
It is expected that about 250 schools will reopen for the holidays, according to a spokesperson for the school boards association.
The spokesperson says many schools have been hit hard by the economic downturn, and many have reduced the number of students to help with the transition.
In some cases, schools have cut hours for the students who are leaving, he said.
“For some schools that’s because they can’t afford the extra staff,” said the spokesperson.
“Some schools are even going so far as to put up posters in front of their classrooms that say ‘Sorry, we’re closing.'”
But in others, the decision has been made to stay open.
“In some instances, students who have not returned home have been sent home with their parents.
In many cases, the students’ parents say the schools have not provided enough support and they are now calling for a review of the school closures.”
Some schools have already closed because of financial concerns, such as the closure of the community centre.””
We’re hoping to have a dialogue with the board and hopefully see them take a more positive approach.”
Some schools have already closed because of financial concerns, such as the closure of the community centre.
“There are no teachers on campus, and they’re just getting on with their work,” said an anonymous parent.
“They don’t have the time to go to school, and it’s not because the parents don’t want them to go.”
The spokesperson for school boards says that most schools are now open, but that there are many more to reopen in the coming weeks and months.
With files from The Canadian Press