By: Tony Davis
A Toyota truck makes its way down Queen Street during Wednesdayâ€™s snowstorm,Â which shut down educational institutions across the province. (Tony Davis)
Sara MacDonald is a first year Holland College student. She said she enjoys snow daysÂ because she lives in town and can usually still get around Charlottetown even when theÂ streets are snow covered.
â€œI feel like people in the country donâ€™t like the snow days because they have to drive inÂ town. I like to use snow days to get caught up. I think they are important because if youÂ live in the country you canâ€™t be driving.â€
School was cancelled Island wide Wednesday as the province was hit with 10 cm ofÂ snow followed by ice pellets and freezing rain.
UPEI student Cohen Reddick-Stevens is from Cole Harbour, NS. He is used to the Atlantic Canadian weather.
â€œSometimes throughout the day snow days can get boring, but the snow usually clears upÂ and you can get out in the evening. I canâ€™t complain about them,â€ Reddick-Stevens said.
“Everybody likes a snow day, nobody can complain about getting to sleep in especially if you have an 8:30 that day,” says UPEI student Cohen Reddick-Stevens. (Tony Davis)
Daniel Wartman is in his fourth year at UPEI. He said snow days can be tricky to dealÂ with, especially for professors who may have a tight syllabus to stick to.
â€œWhen there is a snow day students often get the brunt of it, they are told theirÂ deliverable is still due Friday, now you just have to do it without a lecture.â€
Wartman says the best thing to do is talk to your professor. â€œTalk to your professor andÂ get as much information as you can, because really we are all in this together and we areÂ trying to get through it. It is the nature of living this far up North.â€
The decision to close UPEI is not taken lightly.
â€œHowever, in weather situations whereÂ the potential risk to UPEIâ€™s students and employees as well as property are high, theÂ University may close, meaning classes and exams are cancelled and services areÂ reduced,â€ UPEI wrote in aÂ press release.
A disclaimer attached to the UPEI issued release states, â€œTechnically, UPEI is onlyÂ closed completely in extreme circumstances, as there are essential personnel who need toÂ work on campus and we have students living in residence. However, the University willÂ use the word â€œclosedâ€ to communicate to the campus community that classes and mostÂ services are suspended.â€
How will I know if UPEI is closed?
The University uses a number of different channels to communicate storm closures.
-A message on the home page of upei.ca.
-An email via the mass notification system, UPEI Emergency Alert, to all students,Â faculty, and staff to their upei.ca email account.
-Tweets from Universityâ€™s Twitter account @UPEI.
Media outlets (radio, TV, and print news websites) .
-A message is placed on the UPEI Campus Closure and Alert Phone Line (902-894-2882).
-A message is placed on the UPEI Campus Screen network (there are screens in severalÂ buildings across campus).
When will I know if UPEI has decided to delay opening?
-When conditions develop outside of normal operating hours, announcements will beÂ made according to the following schedule:
-6:30 am: The decision to delay opening the University will be made on orÂ before 6:30 am. If there is a delay, there will be a further announcement at 10:00 am.
-10:00 am – The decision to open the University at 12:00 pm or again delay opening willÂ be made on or before 10:00 am. If there is a further delay, the next announcement will beÂ made at 2:00 pm.
-2:00 pm – The decision to open the University at 4:00 pm for evening classes or closeÂ the University for the remainder of the day will be made on or before 2:00 pm.
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