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Royal Vale kindergarten spots cause parents to line-up overnight

02/02/2015 07:18 EST | Updated 04/04/2015 05:59 EDT
Some parents have been lined up in the frigid cold since noon Sunday, hoping to secure a coveted kindergarten spot for their children.

At Royal Vale School, about 30 people were outside shortly after 6 a.m. They lit a small fire in a garbage can in front of the school to warm up. Temperatures dipped to - 22 C, or - 36 with the wind chill.

People waiting in line were let into the school around 6:30 a.m.

Cassidy Niyogi has been there since yesterday. This morning, she was passing out warm brownies to other parents in the line-up.

She told CBC Reporter Elias Abboud that she’d like to have her daughter enrolled at Royal Vale.

“There’s a strong academic program, there’s a focus on math and science, strong enriched extracurricular program, [it’s a] neighbourhood school,” she said.

The line-ups aren't exclusive to Royal Vale — two other schools are also dealing with people waiting in line.

Kindergarten enrolment is done on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Parents at Royal Vale said they didn’t mind waiting — but were open to changing the registration policy, suggesting a lottery system instead.

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