Doors always open for LPSD students


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January 20, 2015 9:09 AM

Now that we’re in the thick of winter, it can be expected that the weather may take some unpredictable turns. Parents of students in the Lloydminster Public School Division (LPSD) may want to be in the know regarding the divisions bad weather policies.

Even though conditions may result in low attendance Todd Robinson, director of education for LPSD, would like people to know the doors never close.

“The main reason for that is we have a lot of families whose mom and dad might leave the house early for work obligations and the last thing we would want is a student to walk to school in bitterly cold weather and get to school to find that the front doors are locked,” he said.

He said they generally don’t cancel classes, but if the number of students who show up is too low, they’ll still have programming available for those who do attend. In the event that temperatures drop low enough that some of the buses can’t start, the division is prepared with back-up buses to make sure students can make it to school.

“We’re always generally pretty prepared for that sort of thing,” said Robinson.

Students from rural areas fall under the policies of their respective rural school divisions and procedures may differ, depending on where they live.

“Kids that live in the rural areas, their busing is provided by that rural school division, and so each of those rural divisions have policies and procedures in place that talk about thresholds with regards to temperature and windchill and when they run and when they don’t run,” Robinson said.

“So when they don’t run, generally rural kids don’t show up to school or in many cases what happens is their parents will actually drive them to school.”

In rare cases when the weather turns nasty mid-day LPSD might send students home early, but the school always remains open.

“It’s happened (but) not often. We will certainly have rural buses pick their kids up,” said Robinson. “It’s generally not a policy for us, again because parents have child care arrangements and expectations for what they’re doing with their kids after school and we try and stay as predictable as we can.”

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