LINDSAY, ON – Students from Archie Stouffer Elementary School may return to school tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Archie Stouffer Elementary School in Minden, Ontario has been closed to students both Monday and Tuesday of this week. The Township of Minden Hills declared a state of emergency on Saturday, April 20th which is still in effect.
School board officials and the school principal have been in regular contact with Patrick Kennedy, Director of Emergency Services, County of Haliburton Emergency Management Coordinator, Doug Schell, Fire Chief for Minden Hills Township, and township staff throughout the state of emergency.
Larry Hope, Director of Education and the emergency officials from the township, have determined that students may return to school. The Director of Education would like to assure students, parents, and guardians that, as always, a safety plan is in place in case of any emergency. The school board continues to be in regular contact with emergency services.
Parents are asked to make sure that students bring a packed lunch to school while the state of emergency continues. No student will be permitted to leave the school property during the school day while the state of emergency is in place. The only circumstance whereby a student may leave the school property during the school day is if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Regular bus transportation will be operating as normal. If current bus stops are affected by flooding, parents are asked to contact the school to make alternate bus stop arrangements. Parents may call the school at 705-286-1921.
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