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?

ravenAK Mon 30-Sep-13 19:48:45

As Union reps, my colleague & I gave our HT a rough idea of how many teachers at our place had indicated their intention of striking.

HT then took the decision to close & a letter went out on Friday.

However, our meeting with HT was a courtesy one, not a requirement. Also, our colleagues aren't obliged to tell us if they plan to strike.

So not actually the school's fault - YABU.

freddiefrog Mon 30-Sep-13 19:48:55

4th???? I mean 17th blush

Euphemia Mon 30-Sep-13 19:49:12

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.

The teachers who are striking are not obliged to tell anyone.

freddiefrog Mon 30-Sep-13 19:50:44

No, but when they've indicated one date, it's not entirely fair to change it to another one with no notice

5madthings Mon 30-Sep-13 19:50:57

Our school sent out a text this afternoon as well, at about the same time.... Are you in Norfolk?!!

But they did also put on the letter/newsletter last week that they were hoping to stay open but obviously some classes or all may not be open so be aware and try and make arrangements etc just in case.

I agree it is short notice and annoying for working parents, but I support the strike.

Do you have friends or anyone you can ask?

If you are in Norfolk and school starts with an E. I am home with mine so don't mind extra smile

clary Mon 30-Sep-13 19:52:31

Yes at my school we have notified the head in advance of how many staff are striking.

That's mainly because of the good relationship staff and management have there tho. We are not obliged to tell him we are on strike until tomorrow. That's kind of the point of a strike. The inconvenience y'know.

valiumredhead Mon 30-Sep-13 19:52:46

We knew last week, we were warned by the Head. I think it was very fair to give a week's notice, she's a good egg.

Nanny0gg Mon 30-Sep-13 19:52:48

The teachers who are striking are not obliged to tell anyone.

Maybe not. But if they want support from parents and the wider public, there should be notice.

And for some parents, if they make arrangements that aren't needed 'just in case' it could cost them money they can ill-afford.

5madthings Mon 30-Sep-13 19:53:08

raven our high schools informed parents on Friday, but our primary didn't. Presumably it was down to the teachers if they told the school earlier than they legally had to?

ravenAK Mon 30-Sep-13 19:56:52

Yes 5madthings.

We met last Thursday. But all we could tell the HT was 'X teachers attended the Union meeting & indicated their intention of striking'.

No names, no packdrill.

Also, as clary says, we aren't actually obliged to have that conversation at all. It is supposed to be inconvenient...

clam Mon 30-Sep-13 19:56:53

I think there was confusion about the dates because one union (forget which, NUT or NAS/UWT) is splitting into 2 geographically. We had to research quite closely as to whether our area counted as South (17th) or East (1st). It was surprisingly confusing.

Schools won't know until tomorrow morning how many staff are going to strike.

Oubliette0292 Mon 30-Sep-13 19:59:09

I'm not in Norfolk - but thanks for the very kind offer. In fact DH has managed to re-jig his schedule so that he can be at home tomorrow.

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