Students across Nova Scotia are speaking out on social media following the provincial teachers union’s decision to implement work-to-rule job action on its members.

The #BenchedStudents initiative is encouraging students across the province to tweet photos of their school sports teams, clubs or organizations affected by work-to-rule, sitting on a bench and unable to go ahead with their activity.

"I'm the captain of our school basketball team and we already did it in our tournament this weekend, which could possibly be our last tournament,” said Millwood High School Grade 12 student Emily Hammond. “We took a picture of us all sitting down and I attached a paragraph just explaining what our teacher does for us."

"There's nothing for me to do right now except for come up with ways to get it all back,” said Grade 12 student Nik Sutherland. “My entire life is just kind of put on hold with this."

Students say there's more to school than just the class time and it's important for the government to understand the affect teachers have on extra-curricular activities

"Pretty much all my lunchtimes are vacant now because I used to fill them all with activities, and now I have nothing to do other than try and support our teachers through these initiatives," said Grade 12 student Hailey Aucoin.

Following Saturday's school closure announcement, many places like the YMCA and the Canada Games Centre arranged for day camps which quickly filled to capacity. But with the reopening announcement, they had no choice but to offer parents refunds.

"We're not sure where this is going to go the next couple weeks or months, so now we're ready to go and hopefully have a bigger, better program if something does happen," said John Meagher of the YMCA.

Meagher says the YMCA's camp was only open to students who were already enrolled in the morning, lunch and after school program. To make it easier, parents will see a credit on their January payment.

"Hopefully the schools will remain open until the Christmas holidays," Meagher said.

With files from CTV Atlantic’s Suzette Belliveau.