At least one public school board in Ontario already does this, but now the Elementary Teachers Federation has jumped on board.
It has approved a resolution recommending that, whenever a school board cancels buses because of bad winter weather, the schools also be closed so teachers don't have to put their lives at risk in the process of getting to school.
The resolution at the union's annual convention here in Toronto was put forward by Marg MacFarlane, the president of the Halton branch. The Star quotes her as saying "No one's looking for days off, but we want the same measure of concern for teachers as students, and if it's not safe for buses, teachers shouldn't be made to try to come to school either."
Rob Smolenaars is with the same Halton local and he points out that during a big storm February 5th, the Halton public schools were kept open but the regular meeting of the Halton Board of Education was cancelled that night because the roads weren't safe. He also points out that, on that same day, a teacher in Peterborough was killed in a car crash on her way to work.
The teacher in question was Carolynn Collins, a Grade 6 teacher in Norwood. At 6:45 that morning on her way to school, her vehicle went out of control and slammed into a utility truck head-on.
This policy is already in place in the Hamilton-Wentworth school board.