Schools, MUN, College of North Atlantic to remain closed on Wednesday

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Schools will stay closed for at least one more day, Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced at a media briefing today.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale speaks during a news conference today in St. John's. — Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram

All K-12 schools along with Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic will be closed Wednesday, as officials are trying to warm up the buildings slowly and see how things go. 

Burst pipes are a concern in some buildings, and Education Minister Clyde Jackman said workers need to assess things before schools can reopen. 

Dunderdale acknowledged that some people are “mighty angry,” but she defended the government’s response. 

She also expressed condolences to the family of the man who died from carbon monoxide poisoning related to using a generator. She said people should be very careful with safety.


Meantime, a MUN news release notes that some faculty and staff of MUN will be requested to come into work on Wednesday to ensure the campuses are prepared for the resumption of activity when reopened. Those employees will be contacted directly by their departments or supervisors. 

Other faculty and staff are reminded that workplaces remain closed to conserve energy.

The closure includes the St. John’s campus, Grenfell Campus and Marine Institute (including Ridge Road campus, Offshore Safety and Survival Centre in Foxtrap, Lewisporte, SERT Centre in Stephenville, Southside Marine Base, Holyrood facility and community-based programs).

 Student residences remain open and have full power at this time, though energy conservation measures remain in place. On the St. John’s campus, the main dining hall is also operational.


(Earlier story)

Public K-12 schools and campuses of Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic on the island portion of the province will remain closed on Wednesday, the provincial government announced today.

Students attending private schools are asked to contact their institutions directly to determine if classes are going ahead.

A news release notes the measure is necessary to allow building electrical systems to be brought back to full operation, and to test the impact on current power supplies — while also ensuring all facilities are safe environments to which students can return.

Education facilities in Labrador are not impacted by this announcement. 

In addition, six small K-12 schools powered by diesel fuel in St. Brendan’s, McCallum, Little Bay Islands, Ramea, Grey River and Francois are expected to open tomorrow.

Residents are again being reminded that conservation of power remains crucial as Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power crews continue their work to stabilize service throughout the province.



Organizations: College of North Atlantic, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Newfoundland Power

Geographic location: Labrador, Ramea, Grey River

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Recent comments

  • Jay
    January 07, 2014 - 20:37

    Premier Kathy Dunderdale said people should be very careful with safety. This statement makes no sense whatsoever. She needs to back to school, O my I forgot school is closed.

  • Stevie Knowitalls
    January 07, 2014 - 20:26

    Anyone notice with interest Steve Kent was not invited to be with the big boys and girls in that scrum conference yesterday. Hmmm

  • Dolf
    January 07, 2014 - 18:51

    Clyde Jackman looked better with a codfish stuck in his mouth as Minister of Fisheries. Dunderdale's shame shows no boundries. She has none of either. How many is she beholden to anyway?

  • MIch
    January 07, 2014 - 12:52

    Saving energy?? but keeping the schools and universities closed?? But yet the malls are open , and oh yes, isn't the hockey games continuing??? really people... shake your heads... you keep asking the residents to save energy, conserve energy. I wonder what kickbacks are being passed along to keep the malls open and hockey still on???? Dare I ask that question out loud...

  • dan
    January 07, 2014 - 12:32

    Save more electricity and shut down East Block the sprinkler system is not working due to issues from the power outages, lives could be at risk