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To think when there is bad storms like Doris, kids should be kept off school

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LardLizard Sat 25-Feb-17 10:13:00

Seems crazy that children are going out in dangerous conditions like that

AtleastitsnotMonday Sat 25-Feb-17 10:15:22

At the school I work at the advice is always come in if you are able but please do not take unnecessary risk.

megletthesecond Sat 25-Feb-17 10:16:55

Depends on where the school is. I assume that if there's a red weather warning they would close, but Doris was only amber.

People shouldn't put their bloomin' wheelie bins out though. The rubbish ends up everywhere.

Trills Sat 25-Feb-17 10:17:57

Dangerous conditions like what?

It's been very variable in different areas of the country.

Even in the same area, your route to school/work could be very different even if you live only a few miles apart.

Mungobungo Sat 25-Feb-17 10:19:01


It wasn't a hurricane or anything remotely like what happens in other climates. we weren't warned to batten down the hatches or tape up our windows.

I was out working in the middle of it in my car and yes it was wet and gusty but it wasn't anything to worry about. My FIL is a lorry driver and was out in it. It was hard going for him, but he had to modify his driving by slowing down and being more careful, as everyone should when the weather turns a bit worse.

It's a very British thing to allow weather to dictate our lives. One single flake of snow that settles and everything grinds to a halt. Do we end up doing the same for strong winds? Heatwaves? No, of course not! Don't be daft.

LakieLady Sat 25-Feb-17 10:21:00

Schools can't win imo.

When they shut because of bad weather, message boards are full of people complaining that they had to take the day off work because of the school being risk averse. My view is that if it's safe enough for staff to get to school, it's safe enough for kids.

Mind you, what do I know. I was completely oblivious to the Great Storm of '87, even after finding we had a power cut, the phone wasn't working and stepping over roof tiles on the pavement on the way to work. blush

LardLizard Sat 25-Feb-17 10:26:10

Well considering people have died and roofs have come down children should not be going out in that
Just to go to school
As it's not an emergency and is a risk too far
I di think the experts underestimated how powerful this storm would be though

ZombieApocalips Sat 25-Feb-17 10:27:37

We live in the amber warning zone and my y6 son reported having inside play that day.

It was a windy walk to/from school (about a mile) but we didn't have rain or snow so it was perfectly manageable for us.

BarbarianMum Sat 25-Feb-17 10:28:37

A woman died in Wolverhampton. That's a tragedy but I don't see why that means kids should miss school in Chesterfield.

llangennith Sat 25-Feb-17 10:29:40

Just wrap your children up in lots of cotton wool and bubble wrap and keep them safely at home till they're 18.

FairfaxAikman Sat 25-Feb-17 10:29:55

Christ, you mainlanders should try a Hebridean winter for size.

Clips on ball and chain to prevent being blown away

MissAdaSmith Sat 25-Feb-17 10:30:33

yes, because most parents can just stay at home.
Do you not have to work, OP?

NoraDora Sat 25-Feb-17 10:31:05

A risk too far.... It was a bit of wind.
Unfortunately one lady died but that was in a badly hit area and very much a one off accident. It wasn't a hurricane or even a red weather warning. Calm down OP.

AquaLatte Sat 25-Feb-17 10:32:18

TBH I agree it should be up to parents. I drive 6 miles to the school down country lanes. Was dodging fallen trees the whole way.

AquaLatte Sat 25-Feb-17 10:32:37

More than 1 person died.

Mrsmorton Sat 25-Feb-17 10:32:40

Planting the seed that if it's not aunt and dry they don't have to turn up to school>work>any appointment?

Seriously OP, have a word with yourself. As op said, go where you can, no one is expecting you to have to use a chainsaw to get to school or to swim part of the way. hmm

LardLizard Sat 25-Feb-17 10:33:30

Yes and a school roof came in, in Milton Keynes
And various other casualties

SukeyTakeItOffAgain Sat 25-Feb-17 10:37:38

This reminds me a little bit of a post a couple of years ago which the OP made in the spring: "Anyone else suffering in this heat?"

It was fourteen degrees

Wolpertinger Sat 25-Feb-17 10:41:12

Why just the children?

I don't think I should have had to go to work - journey was held up by trees across roads and the roof had nearly come off one of the clinics.

I'm sure none of the patients would have minded that there were no staff to look after them, they would have understood my needs were more important confused

There is absolutely no reason for ALL children to be kept off school given that for the vast majority they could make a safe journey to school, plus learning the important life lesson that you have to turn up for work.

x2boys Sat 25-Feb-17 10:41:54

when we had that tiny bit of snow just after xmas ds2 school text to say they would be open as usual i was a bitconfused as there was a slight smattering we were hardly knee deep in the stuffhmm

VladmirsPoutine Sat 25-Feb-17 10:42:04

no one is expecting you to have to use a chainsaw to get to school or to swim part of the way

grin, mrsmorton That's fucking hilarious!

sailorcherries Sat 25-Feb-17 10:42:51

On Thursday I ended up completely snowed in and the whole town came to a halt. Our local council closed some schools (mainly high schools) but left others open (mainly primary schools) despite various reports and the cancellation of all school buses due to the conditions.

In this instance the schools left open actually took their own initiative and told parents dropping their children to take them away of necessary/closed the school and sent out mass emails and texts etc.

That's the only time schools round here close. Wind is nothing.

AYankinSpanx Sat 25-Feb-17 10:47:30

Just wrap your children up in lots of cotton wool and bubble wrap and keep them safely at home till they're 18. ffs


A car was crushed by a falling tree near us and the school nearby is set partly in the woods so the weather was an issue. I'm pretty certain most schools and parents would be sensible about their particular circumstances.

It's not so hard to imagine that some people might panic unnecessarily, but for others it was a genuine concern, is it?

Hoppinggreen Sat 25-Feb-17 10:47:53

Well it's still half term here but if school had been open my 2 would have gone.
Both the dc schools are very good at keeping the dc indoors at playtime if necessary.
We actually walked into the village for lunch during Doris,wasn't too bad

Trifleorbust Sat 25-Feb-17 10:48:32

If you genuinely believed your kids were in danger, OP, keeping them off school was the obvious choice. But stop trying to find reasons for others to do the same, eh? Clearly other people don't think the storm was a big deal.

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