(File Photo)

Many Vancouver Islanders woke up to find their car doors frozen shut this morning. But that isn’t a bad thing for some. 

It means a lucky day for students in five school districts across Vancouver Island.

Due to the heavy winds, power outages and snowfall that the island received on Tuesday, some school districts have opted to give their students the day off.

The school districts that have announced closures are as follows:

  • School district 68 – Nanaimo/Ladysmith
  • School district 70 – Pacific Rim
  • School district 71 – Comox Valley
  • School district 72 – Campbell River
  • School district 85 – Vancouver Island North

“Due to unsafe conditions, particularly on the side roads and sidewalks, all SD72 schools, district programs, evening events and facility rentals are cancelled today, November 30th,” Campbell River’s school district 72 said on their website.  

“Groups that had reserved the use of one of our facilities should contact the school board office receptionist to reschedule or receive a refund.”

For some school districts its black ice and dangerous driving conditions and for others, power outages are also a factor. 

There are thousands still without power on the eastern island and at the northern tip of the island.

(BC Hydro)

All school districts plan to resume classes on Thursday, giving their respective municipalities the time to make their roads safer for drivers and school commuters.

In Greater Victoria, all school districts’ classes shall continue as planned for November 30th. 


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