Snow day changes rebuked by Hamilton’s public school board trustees

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Trustees at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) have suggested rejecting a plan to have students work remotely during snow days, citing inequities and “additional stress” for staff and students.

At a policy committee meeting Thursday evening, trustees were asked to evaluate proposals to the board’s inclement weather policy that suggested students attend school from home using remote-learning technology on days when the weather prevents them from safely commuting to school.

The proposals followed similar moves in boards around the province to establish work-from-home policies on snow days.

The majority of trustees on the board’s policy committee cited concerns with the suggestions, ultimately declining to approve any of the recommended changes.

“I wonder if we’d be creating more work for staff or additional stress on families — in a time that’s already filled with so much stress — by going ahead with this,” said Becky Buck, trustee for Ward 8 and 14.