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

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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