The working day & school closures
JUst curious to see how many other people that went to work have had to re arrrange their working day because of the closures.
I’m not having a pop, but why do schools seem so ready to close for the day when it snows. I did mean to ask a usic teacher I know that attends eleven schools in the area, but today only one is open.Posted 9 years agonickcSubscriber
It’s a combination of things. Teachers not getting in is one, there are various regulations about teacher pupil ratios, another is what happens at the end of a school day if parents can’t get to the school to collect the child, another is infrastructure, heating breaks down…also injuries, who’s fault is it if a child slips. It’s just a massive PITA really, so best thing all round is to closePosted 9 years agonickcSubscriber
Surely if you live in the catchment area you can walk in.
True if you’re a parent, some of our teachers drive in from 20 miles away, some of our parents work further away than that.
Because Hospitals have too, and libraries, shops etc don’t have the same constant populations of children in them.
T’was ever so, chaps schools have pretty much always closed during heavy snowfallPosted 9 years agonukeproofMember
School use to close when I was a kid and I’m sure they did when most of you were kids so now I’m a Dad its nice to see my children getting a great excuse to spend the day messing about in the snow which, given we’ve not had decent snow in the South East for years, is something I’m glad they can experience.
However, if they’re still off by about Thursday, I’ll be pulling my hair out and phoning the council demanding they re-open 😉Posted 9 years agomtMember
Hey Nuke, your right give the kids time out to play while we have the white stuff they all grow up pretty quick these days, not more than as day though. Bit of snow brings out the child in us all (for at least 5 mins). Was getting me paper this morning and there was a teacher moaning that today was a training so the kids would not have been in anyway, she felt cheated. Lazy cow.Posted 9 years ago
Don’t remember having days of school because it snowed, remember having to walk to school even when the snow was above our front door, this was some time ago and people were not so soft (born in the 50’s). Few of the folks at this place walked in today, not just the older ones either. There is some hope at least.andymMember
They were saying on the news that something like one in five people are ‘working at home today’. In central London ambulances are going out for life-threatening emergencies only. So it seems a bit unfair to single out teachers. And anyway what sort of miserable git would begrudge kids a once in a blue moon chance to play in the snow?
Mind you I can remember in the winter of ’63 (now that was a proper winter) going to school when I was knee-high to a grasshopper and the snow was up to my waist (blah di blah di blah)…..Posted 9 years agoPollyMember
our school is open, but we do get a bit nervous when it snows, as a couple of years ago the staff that did make it in ended up stranded (our school is at the bottom of an ungritted hill) and another time Staff had to volunteer to sleep in school and care for some children overnight whose parents couldn’t get to them until the very early hours.
Nearly a third of our class didn’t show up today anyway… they can’t all have had flu! ;0)Posted 9 years ago
As said above, it’s due to staff:student ratios. If you work in a office shuffling paper, the paper can look after itself until 11:00, or whenever the deskjockey turns up.
If your kid had to stand in the playground till their teacher showed up, you’d be pretty unghappy.Posted 9 years agoJackass123456789Member
The private school I work for is still open 🙁 I’ve got a 30min drive to work and managed it. We have about 150 boarding students so as such the school can’t close although there is enough on-site staff to keep them sorted.
Although we had about 300 kids with blue hands after massive snow ball fights at break time trying to write with pens afterwards!! Was great though to see the kids playing and I did think it would be cool for them to be at home and able to play in it all day (nothing about having the day off so I can go riding).Posted 9 years agonicholasnismoMember
Well my youngest is at private school and it’s closed today.
Mind you it is out in the sticks a bit so no complaints just meant the missus had to have the day off as well.
Just found out just found out my company is sending us home at 4 today as more snow is expected……..happy days.Posted 9 years agodr_deathMember
Why FFS, just tell the idle **** that couldn’t be arsed to turn up to catch up in their own time!
Everyone at my place turned up for work today and some of them live in the arse end of Northumberland, half way up a Cheviot (and some of them live in Darlo Mike and they made it to the toon so your students have no bleeding excuse). All this ‘we couldn’t get there’ bollocks from teachers and others is just laziness as far as I can see. I just looked at the **** weather forecast last night and got out of my pit earlier this morning – and lo, I was at **** work on time, even though the council had been ‘Caught by surprise’ and neglected to grit any of the roads.
Jeez it really winds me up, we get a couple of inches of snow and everyone uses it as an excuse to either not bother or skive off. Tell you what, me and my colleagues will all skive tomorrow, see how you like that!!
and breath……Posted 9 years agoEd2001Member
Teachers don’t close schools, it’s their bosses- headteachers . I don’t think teachers are any lazier than any other group of workers its just that when a school closes it probably impacts on more people, in the form of parents. For many places of work a few staff down is an inconvenience a few staff off school means childrens safety can be at risk through lack of supervision. As I understand it Teachers must make every effort to get to work or they run the risk of not being paid and then in theory should offer themselves to the nearest school that is open.Posted 9 years agoboxelderSubscriber
I made it to work at school on time – 16 mile commute, abandoned car and walked last half mile, to find school shut. I’m chuffed they shut.
Whose kids are they again?
Not one mention of their EDUCATION suffering – just the usual moans that the free ‘childcare’ service let you down.
There’s a thread here somewhere about schools not allowing kids to go on holiday in term time……….. ??
I came home (via two lifts) and emailed work to my sixth form. The younger ones can go and play in the (all too uncommon) snow, learning all sorts in the process.
Sorry if its inconvenient because folk are self employed.
To late to suggest:
…………recorks fuel and stands back………..Posted 9 years agobruneepSubscriber
Free childcare Its your job FFS!! Your choice of profession.
…and what would happen if I couldn’t get to work(fire & rescue service) and there was a fire at your home or you were involved in a RTC???????????
“sorry someone will be to deal with your request for assistance once the snow has stopped”Posted 9 years ago
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