YK1 votes to close schools for rest of academic year

The Yellowknife Education District No. 1 has decided to close all of its schools for the rest of the academic year.

The YK1 board passed the motion at a special meeting on Tuesday.

In a notice about the decision, the board said its “focus is contingency planning, staff wellness and protecting families in our community.”

It added, “We will eventually pivot to lesson planning and what’s expected of teachers while schools are closed but we’re not there yet.”

Education, Culture and Employment Minister R.J. Simpson reportedly has a meeting Tuesday evening to recommend other divisional education councils and district education authorities also close their schools.

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Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com