to be annoyed that I got less than 24 hours notice that school is closed tomorrow?

(38 Posts)
Oubliette0292 Mon 30-Sep-13 19:21:37

I got a text message today at 13:36 which I only picked up once I got home (no mobile reception at work). WTF am I supposed to do?

SantanaLopez Mon 30-Sep-13 19:22:11

Read the newspapers? Watch tv? Tune into any social media?

aleene Mon 30-Sep-13 19:22:27

Is it closed for an emergency reason?

aleene Mon 30-Sep-13 19:22:54

is it a strike?

misdee Mon 30-Sep-13 19:23:01

strike i'm guessing.

phone for emergency childcare if needed.

FlapJackFlossie Mon 30-Sep-13 19:23:25

I think it is a strike.

gintastic Mon 30-Sep-13 19:23:28

Not all schools are closed. Depends how many striking staff they have. So even if OP was aware of the strike, the implications for each school are often only decided very last minute.

My DD's primary is open tomorrow.

HandragsAndGladbags Mon 30-Sep-13 19:23:47

TBF my dd's class is open tomorrow so it doesn't go without saying they would be closed, not all classes are.

NotYoMomma Mon 30-Sep-13 19:23:47

use a dependants day?

its not a totally unexpected thing surely?

VBisme Mon 30-Sep-13 19:24:04

I'm surprised you managed to miss the teachers strike on the news, you could have asked them.

TidyDancer Mon 30-Sep-13 19:24:17

I'm guessing this is because the school didn't know until now which teachers were striking?

In which case yanbu to be annoyed, but you have to do the same as you would if your DCs were ill.

Rachel778 Mon 30-Sep-13 19:24:29

It has hardly been sudden . . Its widely known ..

happilyconfused Mon 30-Sep-13 19:25:19

Or maybe a teacher died. Recently a Surrey school closed when an ICT teacher died on the premises.

Euphemia Mon 30-Sep-13 19:25:32

Good! On behalf of my colleagues in England - I'm glad you're annoyed! It means you (finally) noticed they have grievances. smile

Oubliette0292 Mon 30-Sep-13 19:26:43

I checked with the school last week (who told me they expected to be open). Had they indicated that there was any possibility that they were going to be closed I would have made other arrangements.

clam Mon 30-Sep-13 19:26:56

"WTF are you supposed to do?"

The same as you'd do if your child was ill.

And keep yourself abreast of current affairs.

Oubliette0292 Mon 30-Sep-13 19:27:38

Sorry - forgot to say that it is because of the strike.

NotYoMomma Mon 30-Sep-13 19:29:27

whenever there is a strike happening then really you should make a backup childcare plan or organise some cover at work etc just in case.

IslaValargeone Mon 30-Sep-13 19:31:40

Sorry to hijack, but should we check on the school website in the morning or are we to assume if nothing has been mentioned at all, then we are unaffected?

Ihatespiders Mon 30-Sep-13 19:31:50

Teachers are not obliged to inform their Heads of whether they are striking or not until the morning of the day itself. It is a mark of their professionalism that the teachers have informed their Head in advance.

VBisme Mon 30-Sep-13 19:33:07

Sorry, if you'd checked then YANBU. The Head should have had a good idea which teachers would be in and could have planned appropriately.

clam Mon 30-Sep-13 19:42:09

But last week, if no teachers had said they were striking, then technically the school was open for business as usual. At best, she cold have hazarded a guess, but then, frankly, so could the OP.

wonkylegs Mon 30-Sep-13 19:43:01

Our school sent a letter home saying they may close due to the strike, that was the other week and the strikes in this area aren't until the 17th so yes I do think they could have given you more notice even if it was just a warning like ours.
Not all schools are shutting, in fact ours hasn't confirmed that it is just that it may possibly be and it's worth having backup plans, they are hoping they won't (much to DSs disappointment)
Its a bit difficult for many people & jobs to just take a day out of the blue, expecting people to guess how their school is going to react is a little unreasonable.

clam Mon 30-Sep-13 19:45:24

But that's the whole point of a strike, wonkylegs. They're intended to disrupt.
Notice has been out there in abundance in the media that this was happening tomorrow (and on the 17th in certain areas also).

Oh, and another one before Christmas. You heard it here first!

freddiefrog Mon 30-Sep-13 19:46:57

We were told school may close on the 4th October

I then get a text at 2:45 to say it may now close tomorrow but we won't know until 8:30am, so I'm not entirely sure what's going on

I work from home so it's not a big problem, but they need to make their minds up which day and stick to it

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