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to think people who are sulking that their DC's school is open have missed the point?

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DancesWithWoolEnPointe Mon 21-Jan-13 10:14:29

My FB feed is full of people whinging that their DCs school is open today, that is unfair when other schools are closed, and that people should keep their kids home anyway and "stand together". These are primary schools that have working heating and a suitable adult to child ratio to stay open, so why should they be closed? If you can't get to the school safely that is a different matter, but people who walk 200m along a salted pavement are complaining. Have we not forgotten the point of snow days - schools close if it is unsafe, not because the children deserve a day to play outside. And what about working parents?

Rant over.

HeadfirstForHalos Mon 21-Jan-13 12:57:26

I quite like walking to school in the crisp snow. I'd much prefer it that they closed on the days when we get rainstorms and it's lashing it down! grin

Mine have gone, I'm certainly not complaining!

HeadfirstForHalos Mon 21-Jan-13 13:00:13

Plus the dc have played non-stop in the snow since Friday after school, they will again when they get home. they have fun at school too. they're hardly missing out on having fun.

BitOutOfPractice Mon 21-Jan-13 13:03:16

My kids' schools are open. I kept them both at home. Didnt fancy the very hilly drive there.

Shoot me

RooneyMara Mon 21-Jan-13 13:04:36

It's great if the schools can open as some parents can't stay at home with their children - think doctors, nurses, how much they need to be at work for all our sakes.

If we're able to stay at home then perhaps we should, so that those children whose parents really need them to be at school can have the best staff-children ratio possible? I don't know about this as a thought.

I do feel ambivalent about the snow being a good reason to stay off, just in itself - seems like the universe's way of telling everyone to slow down, calm down and chill out.

And however near you are to school it can still be dangerous, makes children very wet and cold and it's so rare in the UK that it seems a shame if they can't enjoy it for a day.

however we're a mile and a half away, cannot get down our drive, cannot clear the drive due to new baby who won't be put down and I'm blowed if I'm doing it wearing a bloody sling!

Also we had a very close shave with a lorry on Sat when our brakes failed so no, I'm not going to drive anywhere, though I'm itching to go to the shops. We're stranded and so be it.

teacherandguideleader Mon 21-Jan-13 13:21:14

The 'why don't teachers have to work in the snow' brigade really wind me up. It was not my decision to close my school today. Despite living miles from school, if we had been open I would have got there.

When I was at school (not so long ago), we never closed for snow. But then, back then there wasn't a string of companies waiting to snap up claims for accidents that weren't your fault. It wouldn't surprise me if this is the reason why schools close now. I think it is ridiculous - everyone knows that snow and ice are slippy so you take extra care. Trouble is, if a child slipped in school I am certain the parents would be very quick to put a claim in.

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