While the cold weather this week has led to a large number of bus cancellations, most Sun West School division schools still see about half of their student population arrive.

If the weather is to cold for the buses, it’s definitely to cold for recess. That means the students that are able to make it to school have been stuck indoors all week.

“Yes, it is hard on the kids when they’re inside all the time,” Shirley Jones is principal at Rosetown’s Walter Aseltine elementary school. “We have a great program called recess guardians, where the grade 5’s are trained how to work with younger students and organize games. Students still have gym class, so they’re still getting a lot of activity.”

At Dinsmore composite school students have dusted off board games to help beat the winter blues. A few have also elected to find quiet spots and dig into a good book. But being cooped up inside all week has started to show it’s signs. Principal Jade Ballek was joking with great six students and asked them if they wanted to go outside.

“I did ask them if they wanted to go outside, and about half of them raised their hands,” Jade laughs. “They’re pretty resilient out here in the rural areas.”

Things are looking up for teachers and students in the west central region. If WestCentralOnline.com forecasts holds, students should find themselves outside for recess next week.

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