Snow should not be a reason to close schools
HERE we go again, the white stuff fell for the first time this winter and the magic words "school closure" are uttered.
When I was at school (quite a few years ago), we got proper winters with deep snow, though during my entire school days never once did the school close because of it.
Teachers did not live in our community and only a handful had a motor vehicle. Bus was the order of the day, yet they managed to get to work and home again. What is so different now?
One head teacher in the Derby Telegraph stated that they had no choice because some staff lived in rural locations. I wonder just how many actually did in percentage terms. During my working years it was incumbent upon staff to get to work and only extreme weather prevented you from going to work or justify finishing early.
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Before a weather forecaster gets past the letter "s" in the word snow, schools are closing.
A check on the internet would have revealed that the snow was forecast to pass by 2pm and do you know what? By 1.50pm it had stopped.
You cannot take your child out of school in term time for a holiday otherwise you can be fined because it disrupts their education, but schools can be shut on a whim.
What has happened to the education system?
I do recognise that not all schools close on a whim but those who do give the others a bad name.