Eight-year-old Braden Sawatzky helps his mom Krista dig out their Coldstream driveway Monday morning as he stays home for the day due to the closure of schools across the district.

Eight-year-old Braden Sawatzky helps his mom Krista dig out their Coldstream driveway Monday morning as he stays home for the day due to the closure of schools across the district.

All school districts close schools because of storm

North Okanagan-Shuswap, Central Okanagan and Vernon districts close schools as do Vernon Christian and Okanagan Indian Band and St. James

UPDATE JAN. 5 8:05 A.M. The Central Okanagan School District has closed all schools, including in Lake Country, because of the snow.

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UPDATE JAN. 5 8 A.M. – St. James School in Vernon is closed because of the snow.

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UPDATE JAN. 5 7:55 A.M. –  The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District has closed schools because of the snow storm.

Many staff are reporting they are unable to get to work, many buses are not getting through, and school parking lots have not yet been cleared.

For those students already on buses, parents will be contacted and arrangements made. If staff are at work, they should stay there until further notice. If staff are not yet at work yet, contact the school administration.

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UPDATE JAN 5 7:55 A.M. –  The Okanagan Indian Band school is closed because of heavy snow and poor road conditions.

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UPDATE JAN 5 7:25 A.M. –  Vernon School District classes cancelled. Buses will still be running. Students that do arrive at school will have supervision.

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UPDATE JAN. 5 6:55 A.M. –  Due to Environment Canada’s storm warning, Vernon Christian School has declared a snow day for Monday.

There will be no bus transportation to the school. There will be staff available at both campuses should students arrive despite the message.

Updates will be provided by email, Facebook, website and local media.

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UPDATE JAN. 5 6:45 A.M. –  Vernon School District buses will be travelling plowed, accessible roads only. Unplowed roads will not be accessible to school buses.

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UPDATE JAN. 5 6:25 A.M. – Early reports from the North Okanagan Shuswap-School District are that major routes are “reasonable” and according to Drive B.C., there are no road closures in our area.

The Ashton Creek bus may be delayed.  Parking lots at schools are being cleared by district staff and by contractors and custodians with additional staff called in to assist.

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There won’t likely be a snow day for local students.

The Vernon, North Okanagan-Shuswap and Central Okanagan school districts are all expecting schools to be open Monday despite the heavy snowfall that has blanketed the region Sunday.

“As of now, yes schools are opening as planned,” said Alice Hucul, with the North Okanagan-Shuswap district.

“We are assessing at 6 a.m. (Tuesday) and will post if anything changes.”

The Vernon district says all schools will be open Monday. Some buses may be running late due to the weather.

The Central Okanagan district says all schools are expected to open on-time Monday.

“Parents are asked to dress their children appropriately for the inclement weather and to be prepared for the possibility of delays with bus pick-up times depending on road conditions,” states a release.

“Should the situation change significantly, the Sschool district website (www.sd23.bc.ca) will be updated and local media will be contacted.”