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To tell the school I will not be bringing DS in tomorrow

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notalone Mon 06-Dec-10 10:18:04

We are in Yorkshire where the weather has been horrendous. DS's school was closed for most of last week due to the snow and opened for the first time today because "the roads are now clear". However for those without access to a car the school run is absolutely treacherous (spelling?) and all the people I saw on the way said the same thing - they would much rather have braved the knee high snow than the ice rink that is out there today. I have lost count of the amount of times DS fell over and despite wearing a pair similar to these, I still nearly went over numerous times www.amazon.co.uk/Petzl-Spiky-Plus-Anti-slip-Over-S hoe/dp/B000YBAWD0/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=12916300 29&sr=8-12

The temperature readers on cars were reading -13, the pavements are solid compact ice and crossing side roads is like risking life and limb. It usually takes 15 mins each way but in total took me an hour and 20 minutes today. When we finally got to school I spoke to the secretary and advised her I was not prepared to risk it again tomorrow if it is still the same, and then when I got home there was a message from the parent support worker who is going to call me back later. I am worried about what they may say but if they don't allow the children out to play in it at lunch time because of health and safety then how can they expect them to walk to school in it?
Please be gentle with me and don't flame me on this smile

FantasticDay Mon 06-Dec-10 10:22:45

I think you are being reasonable. Hope the parent support worker is ringing with the offer of a lift from another parent.

spikeycow Mon 06-Dec-10 10:22:50

Tell them to stick their parent support up their arse. They can close for the week but when a parent makes a sane choice they need support. Don't let them patronise you

mamas12 Mon 06-Dec-10 10:25:02

I would thank the parent support worker for her offer of getting your ds into shcool tomorrow as you are unable to do it safely yourself.
If she scoffs at that then invite her over to your house on foot to see how it is.

ChippingIn Mon 06-Dec-10 10:27:01

I think you are being reasonable, however, it looks like we could have a couple of months of this weather and you can't keep him off the whole time, so I guess you are going to have to come up with some way of getting him to school confused

Have you considered a horse grin

Lovemybrood Mon 06-Dec-10 10:29:26

I agree with you 100%, in fact, you could you talking about our school run.

I've been in Casualty this morning with DD1 after she slipped twice this morning, luckily she is ok. Whilst we were waiting to be seen there were at least 5 other children booked in with similar injuries.

Goingspare Mon 06-Dec-10 10:32:07

Last year, our rural school was a bit dithery over whether to open or close, but eventually took the line of 'we're open, but you may make your own decision on whether it's safe for you to get here'.

I agree with others - ask the parent support worker to arrange safe transport for tomorrow.

notalone Mon 06-Dec-10 10:32:14

Perhaps I have only started this thread so you can all have a whip round for my horse grin.

It has snowed a lot here, especially last year, but I have never seen ice like it and with the temperatures so low it is only going to get worse, at least unti Fri when we are due some warmer weather (well 6 degrees anyway lol) I have a friend who lives close to me with a daughter at the same school so I am able to get a lift with her today, but her husband does the school run in the morning and he doesn't really "do lifts" so I don't feel I can ask him

pinkyp Mon 06-Dec-10 10:33:41

I'm in yorkshire too and its just pure ice round here, luckly the main roads are clear so i can drive my ds to nursery - i think your right telling the school your concerns but like someone else has already pointed out it could be like this until well after xmas so maybe start looking at alternative ways to get to school (e.g lift from other parents etc)

Goingspare Mon 06-Dec-10 10:36:14

I think you'd be better off with huskies, to be honest, notalone.

notalone Mon 06-Dec-10 10:39:31

Yes, Goingspare but I can't afford the sleigh to go with the huskies. I don't suppose any kind mumsnetter has a spare sleigh I could borrow and maybe a husky or two? Or failing that a helicopter. I'm not bothered either way grin

notalone Mon 06-Dec-10 10:40:15

pinkyp - please don't tell me this is staying until after xmas? <<pleading emoticon>>

pinkyp Mon 06-Dec-10 10:49:02

I dont know..i've 'heard' it'll be around for a while! I hate it as much as you (my ds goes to nursery 15min drive away or 25 in the snow) and i'm 11 days overdue with my 2nd ds! lol

notalone Mon 06-Dec-10 10:50:10

11 days??? Wow - good luck! For you then I guess the clear roads are definitely better. You must have been a bit worried last week then?!

pinkyp Mon 06-Dec-10 10:53:34

I was crappin myself a bit worried, had visions of being air lifted to hospital esp as my hospital is up a big hill so dh would of slid straight back down in the car, i'm just praying it doesnt snow again or if it does its a 'normal' amount of snow.

faverolles Mon 06-Dec-10 10:56:44

Notalone - I'm sure huskies could be trained to pull a normal sledge, with a bit of imagination and rope.
Actually, I bet my labrador would do it, with a few carpets to lick as reward (she has a carpet licking fetish, bless her)
Give me the word, and I'll post her to you.

You need hover boots. It's the only way.

notalone Mon 06-Dec-10 11:01:34

I think this is as bad as it gets Pinkyp - we are not due anymore snow as far as I know so I think providing the roads are clear where you are then you should be ok. Best of luck smile

Faverolles - you have just made me shudder. Carpet licking is worse for me than nails on a blackboard, cotton wool etc. If you could ask her nicely not to lick my carpets though then I would love to borrow her. I'll pay for post and packing ok?!

notalone Mon 06-Dec-10 11:02:25

Oooh - hover boots! A bit like in Back to the Future?! Would love some of them!

faverolles Mon 06-Dec-10 11:04:24

I've asked her, but no carpets to lick is a deal breaker, sorry.
<<wonders if the cats could be trained to pull a sledge>>

notalone Mon 06-Dec-10 11:12:20

Damn - how very selfish of her faverolles. I already have a dog so 2 cats might possibly even up the other side of the sleigh grin

AllOverIt Mon 06-Dec-10 11:12:44

May I suggest one of these for clearing ice...

notalone Mon 06-Dec-10 11:22:50

grin Alloverit - I already have one of those but mine is broken sad

bubblerock Mon 06-Dec-10 11:39:52

We got to school this morning a few minutes late because of the ice and taking it very slowly walking - the bloody welfare officer was stood at the door taking everyones name that was late. angry

ppeatfruit Mon 06-Dec-10 11:48:17

notalone could you not ask the school if there's anything they could set yr. DC to do over the internet they MUST understand yr situation.

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