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General Chat Thread, SNOW CLOSURE in General; Forecasted foot of snow hasn't fallen here in my part of the Peninnes - but my school is still closed:-)...
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    Forecasted foot of snow hasn't fallen here in my part of the Peninnes - but my school is still closed:-)

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    Green fields and blue skies here this morning - temperature never got below 1C all night depressed and fed up with Cumbrian weather

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    Roads are clear here, no snow since yesterday afternoon but still a few staff couldn't make it in. Don't think the HT is overly impressed.

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    New blog post: Snowfall closes Britain.

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    Hee Hee - BOTH my schools are shut today!!!!!
    Still had to get up at 6 and get ready though, as I couldn't find out until after 7.

    It snowed here until about 9pm and then froze. The main roads are fine but they haven't gritted anywhere else and it is like an ice rink out there.

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    All schools in brum closed but our staff are expected to turn up as normal
    / lill in school, in freezing server room, no kids, very few staff, peed of

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Still had to get up at 6 and get ready though, as I couldn't find out until after 7.
    I had a similar start to the day - I'd got dressed for work and was preparing to walk in (as I do everyday - it's only about 3-4 miles) when I got the call.

    I think the problem is that so many teachers don't live local to the schools they're employed in. I seem to remember the teachers being quite local back when I was in secondary school (almost 20 long years ago!) This is, I imagine, especially true when the school is in a deprived area.

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    There was a time when teachers, if they couldn't get to their own school, had to "clock in" to one that was local to them. That way all schools stayed open as the pupils were generally from, at most, 5 mins walk away. Now of course that is not the case with children travelling many miles to get to even Primary school. Progress? Not so sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lill View Post
    All schools in brum closed but our staff are expected to turn up as normal
    / lill in school, in freezing server room, no kids, very few staff, peed of
    How mean!! Is it private?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    There was a time when teachers, if they couldn't get to their own school, had to "clock in" to one that was local to them. That way all schools stayed open as the pupils were generally from, at most, 5 mins walk away. Now of course that is not the case with children travelling many miles to get to even Primary school. Progress? Not so sure.
    They still do! We had a copy of the regulations sent to all staff the other day, stating that if you could get to the school, be it by foot or any other means, then you should. If you can't you should call another closer school and see if they need help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    They still do! We had a copy of the regulations sent to all staff the other day, stating that if you could get to the school, be it by foot or any other means, then you should. If you can't you should call another closer school and see if they need help.
    Imagine a situation where a stranger turns up at the local primary school and says he's here to teach the little 'uns for a day. You can see why this isn't carried out anymore.

    I live out of county so that makes it even harder to verify my id :-) We rarely close, and when we do it's usually after I've arrived (like today) so it doesn't matter what we have to do!

    I would imagine that with a laptop and internet connection more staff (and indeed pupils) can do something constructive from home for a day or two. Well the ones that had the foresight to plan for this anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiendishlyclever View Post
    Imagine a situation where a stranger turns up at the local primary school and says he's here to teach the little 'uns for a day. You can see why this isn't carried out anymore.
    That's why you have to call first, so they can confirm who you are. Taking ID with you would be a good idea...

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    I bet those teachers who couldn't (wouldn't) get to work following the slight dusting of snow were still paid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oops_my_bad View Post
    I bet those teachers who couldn't (wouldn't) get to work following the slight dusting of snow were still paid
    As will the technicians, dinner ladies, teaching assistants and cleaners who are unable to make it.

    For our school the bus companies made the call. We found out that they weren't running - so no pupils. All the lazy teachers made it into school, although not so the rest of the staff ....

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    All over back to work today...

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