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Students get more days off

Children had an extra day to enjoy the snow as some schools did not open yesterday

By Evie Andreou

THE heavy snowfall that closed off access to their schools yesterday proved to be a blessing in disguise for students in the rural mountain areas, prompting the Education ministry to announce that some will remain closed, adding one or two extra days to their holidays.

The ministry also said that the schools may remain closed today as well, if the weather conditions do not improve.

The majority of the affected schools are primaries with only three high schools affected in the Limassol area.

Secondary education deputy officer at the Education ministry, Kyprianos Louis, said that the Lemithou, Omodos and Agros six-year high schools remained closed, while Pyrgos high school operated with fewer teachers as some staff that do not live in the village were not able to show up for to work with rock slides closed off parts of the road that leads to Pyrgos.

“A small number of students from Kyperounta were absent from the Solea high school, due to the fact that the Kyperounta road was closed to traffic due to heavy snowfall,” Louis said.

Many primary schools and some public kindergartens also remained closed due to restricted access. In the Nicosia district, the Kampos, Farmakas and Palaichori elementary schools remained closed, Louis said.

He added that in Paphos, the Panayia elementary school and public kindergarten remained closed, and in Limassol the Kyperounta elementary and kindergarten, as well as the Agros, Pelendri, Platres, Pachna and Moniatis elementary schools.

“When roads are closed due to heavy snowfall, these are the schools that usually remain closed,” Louis said.

He added that the ministry will evaluate the situation today and will decide whether the schools will remain closed for the rest of day.

“We will wait and see how the weather changes since according to the met office, there will be frost and this is especially dangerous in the semi-mountain areas” Louis said.

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