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The Impact of the Polar Vortex

It’s been an unusual few days in Alberta. The cold weather has definitely been the focus of most conversations. I can’t recall too many times that buses have not run in Sturgeon for two days in a row. The last two days with no buses saw the lowest student turnout we’ve ever had on those days. Today, most buses are running, but we still are way down in student turnout.
Part of this is also due to the fact we have Teachers’ Convention for the next few days, and I’m sure some parents decided to not send their children in for just one day of school.

It’s difficult to get academic work done on these days. We don’t cover new topics, but I know that teachers do work with small groups, and work to get those that are here caught up on work that may have been missed.

The disruption to routine has its impacts, but we do get a bit more time to collaborate, and potentially tackle tasks that have been needing attention. We get to spend more one on one time with those students that are here. We get to complain about the weather!

Stuff happens here. And even on days when the routine is completely disrupted, we still learn, we still grow as educators, and we still work to build those relationships with our students.

I’m looking forward to the end of this cold snap, but in the meantime… we press on.

D Propp