Two Grade 2 were left behind at A.G. Baillie Elementary School, while their classmates and teachers, unaware, went into the woods snowshoeing last week.
One girl’s snowshoe fell off and a friend stopped to help her put it on when the class went on, into the woods, without them. The pair were not discovered until the class returned after about a 20-minute trek in the woods, said Chignecto Central Regional School Board spokesperson, Debbie Buott-Matheson.
She said the students had tried to use a side door, which was locked. The front door was open, but the students hadn’t tried it. They stayed and played on the playground.
When the class got back from the walk, Buott-Matheson said they found the students who had been left.
“The teachers were quite shocked and upset,” she said. “They felt terrible.”
Since the incident the principal of the school has established some new procedures to make sure that something like that doesn’t happen again. They are also going to have a procedure for reviewing with students about what to do in such a situation.
“This isn’t something we ever want to see happen,” she said.
Thankfully the students in this incident were smart and stayed by the school until their class returned, she said.