Despite the heavy dumping of snow overnight, Delta schools released a statement early this morning (Thursday) on Twitter notifying that schools were still open.
“Due to the bad road and weather conditions, schools in Delta are open only to children of essential service workers and students with disabilities and diverse abilities as pre-arranged with families yesterday. Essential services staff are expected to report to work,” read the District’s tweet.
In contrast, every other school district in Metro Vancouver announced they would be closed for the day, including Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam/ Port Moody, Langley, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, Mission, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey.
As for the Delta School District’s reasoning, Director of Communications Cathryn Tucker wrote to the Optimist in an email: “Although our schools are open, there is only a skeleton staff working onsite today. This is to ensure we can continue to provide support for the children of essential workers and students with disabilities and diverse abilities who were unable to remain at home today. We have a very small number of students in school and the majority of staff are working from home today.”
Closures also extended to the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Capilano University, Douglas College, Emily Carr University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, Simon Fraser University, Trinity Western University, the University of British Columbia, the University of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Community College.
The closures followed a winter storm warning from Environment Canada, predicting 10 to 20 cm of snow for Metro Vancouver.