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ACSlater Tue 20-Jan-15 18:44:57

It isn't even snowing here yet but people are already saying they can't come in tomorrow because they need to stay at home to look after their 32 year old! Drives me up the wall!!!

AIBU to think they should have a contingency plan?!!!

InfinitySeven Tue 20-Jan-15 18:45:52

No, I think most 32 year olds could look after themselves ;)

flora717 Tue 20-Jan-15 18:47:32

It rarely snows in most of the UK to any significant.
Staying at home / taking a days leave is a contingency plan.

ACSlater Tue 20-Jan-15 18:48:02

That wasn't a typo... But maybe an exaggeration grin Think between 13 and 17 yo. The ones with young kids are always in no problem.

NewYearsHangoversHurtAlot Tue 20-Jan-15 18:49:46

That always grates on me. Some people look for any excuse to ditch a days work

littleleftie Tue 20-Jan-15 18:49:52

Ooh I love a good snow day grin

We only had a little bit today so kids weren't off school.

I think YABU to expect everyone to have a contingency plan for emergency school closures. Not everyone has relatives on tap who are able to trek through the snow to get to them and may be relying on childcare/nursery that is closed.

What sort of contigency plan for this would you suggest?

ACSlater Tue 20-Jan-15 18:50:01

I'm a bit disappointed this year; I've always gotten in and sorted things out. This year they have decided that emergency annual leave/TOIL/anything won't be an option and it will be unpaid. Why didn't I decide fuck it last year?

ACSlater Tue 20-Jan-15 18:50:52

bare in mind I'm talking about older children. Like I say, the ones with younger ones always get in.

CyclopsBee Tue 20-Jan-15 18:51:19

We don't get much snow here but a few years back we had a good dumping of the stuff,
People were phoning to say they couldn't possibly make it on through the snow,
Then one employee who travels 40 miles by car why would you to work, made it in on time and made the 'locals' who skived couldn't make it, look extremely silly.
The schools around here close when there is a mm of snow, so that was used as an excuse hmm

MegMogandOwlToo Tue 20-Jan-15 18:51:47

It depends what their commute is like really.

A few of us at work have 1 hour + commutes on country roads with hair pin bends etx, and we're all going to see how it goes in the morning - if it's bad, we'll work from home first thing, and head in later, or work at home all day.

It depends on the workplace culture I suppose.

littleleftie Tue 20-Jan-15 18:52:11

The ones with younger children always get in? er, yeah if you say so........

Sounds like you are just making it up as you go along now. I'm off to leave you to it.

ApocalypseThen Tue 20-Jan-15 18:53:29

How dare people prefer to put their family first? Don't they know there's extremely important work to do with the captains of very important industry, the movers and shakers and the wealth creators?

People who prefer to look after their family are weak and work shy freeloaders.

NewYearsHangoversHurtAlot Tue 20-Jan-15 18:53:31

What grates on me with snow is why do schools shut? Genuinely I don't get it. The rest of the country and public sector doesn't shut down so why are schools special?

ACSlater Tue 20-Jan-15 18:54:09

Excuse me, you have so much insight into my workplace then? This is my experience of where I work. I'm assuming you would shirk so disagree.

Eastwickwitch Tue 20-Jan-15 18:54:35

I think it really depends where you live.
Out here, in the rural sticks, we don't get any gritting. It's about 3 miles to the main road and potentially really dangerous or nigh on impossible to get out in heavy snow.

I'd rather take a day without pay than run the risk of an RTC.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Tue 20-Jan-15 18:55:15

I will walk to work if it snows.

I am assuming my 27 year old and 24 year old will manage to get to work too. They don't live with us anymore so I won't need to take a snow day to hold their hands. They got left at home from age 12 on snow days.

ACSlater Tue 20-Jan-15 18:56:49

I don't mean if it's dangerous, that's totally understandable. I'd trek in through almost anything... What gets me is before anything has even happened it's I'm not coming in!!!

nhsworker15 Tue 20-Jan-15 18:57:01

Don't you have a bad weather policy? In my work we have to make a reasonable attempt to get to work and the only excuses we can use are if the the police are advising not to drive at all and public transport is cancelled. Even then we're expected to walk to the nearest nhs facility and work from there. If schools are shut we'd have to take carers leave, but if it was a planned closure we'd be expected to have other arrangements in place. We certainly couldn't say that we wouldn't be in the next day just in case.

Fabulous46 Tue 20-Jan-15 18:57:40

This really annoys me with colleagues. We had awful snow a few years ago and I managed to get myself 8 miles down a farm road and 24 miles to work after that. People who lived 5 miles away never made it "because they were snowed in" shock. It's a bit of snow FFS, people seem to think if a flake falls it's a snow day.

Leeds2 Tue 20-Jan-15 18:58:57

Surely you don't need to say home to look after 13+ year olds?! I wouldn't dare come up with that as an excuse.

PrincessOfChina Tue 20-Jan-15 18:58:58

I live in the city. It's snowing and I won't be in tomorrow if it settles. I have a 3 year old and am 7 months pregnant.

The main road might be clear but I can't really be assed digging out the car and negotiating the 6 or 7 side roads it would take to get me and DD to nursery and work (all within a few miles).

I'm actually set up to work from home so it's inconsequential - I'll just work slightly different hours to ensure I can deal with DD too. But my point is, living closer to work or in a city does not make your commute any safer necessarily.

ACSlater Tue 20-Jan-15 18:59:02

We don't, which is odd as we have a policy for everything grin Which is probably why we have a problem. I think it has gotten to the point that the people who always at least try to get in have started to think it's not worth the bother so they've gone super strict.

MissDuke Tue 20-Jan-15 18:59:10

I think a lot us are genuinely just wimps and clueless about driving in it? Or is that just me?

hamptoncourt Tue 20-Jan-15 18:59:27

newyears the schools shut because the teachers can't get in.

OP all this guff about justifying your post because the people with younger children all manage to get in is ridiculous.

Or maybe you are absolutely right and the way things happen at your workplace is just magically different than everywhere else in the UK. Maybe that is it?

I am a teacher and I luffs snow days grin grin grin

<<prays for snow>>

OriginalGreenGiant Tue 20-Jan-15 19:00:03

If the school closes then I'm not in. End of.

I have a fantastic cm who looks after mine 2 days a week of afterschool care and 2 full days a week in the holidays.

But she has 3 under 3's that she has 7-3 term time only so can't provide care for mine when they're there (legally/ratio wise I think she could but she knows her limits and it would be too much).

My contingency plan for school closure is - don't go to work.

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