With students across New Brunswick having missed an average of 12 days of school this winter due to snow storms, a discussion about make up days is underway.
The President of the New Brunswick Teacher’s Association Peter Fullerton says the important thing to remember is snow days are not a new phenomenon.
He says teachers have enhancements like museum trips built into their curriculum, and those can be reduced to provide extra time.
“For example, if you’re doing history, you may plan a trip to a museum which is of great value but because we have had so many snow days, trips like that may have to be cut for instructional delivery methods.”
Fullerton says the idea of moving all professional development days to the end of the year and using them as make up days is unwise, as it reduces the benefit of PD days to both teachers and students alike.
He adds they are willing to discuss other options for make up days with Education Minister Serge Rousselle.