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General Chat Thread, SNOW CLOSURE in General; Originally Posted by fiendishlyclever As will the technicians, dinner ladies, teaching assistants and cleaners who are unable to make it. ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiendishlyclever View Post
    As will the technicians, dinner ladies, teaching assistants and cleaners who are unable to make it.
    Not necessarily - another site I visit had a few worried questions from school staff about pay.

    Quote Originally Posted by contink View Post
    Parents and Business fury at schools lack of fortune telling skills
    But I wonder how many of these parents happily take their kids out of school to go on holiday during term time?

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    Hmmm....I am from the (proper) North
    Are you related to that councillor they interviewed on the news? When asked why the people of his town weren't up in arms about their gas and then leccy failing he said, "I can explain that quite simply: We're not from the South."

    I just learned that on Monday, when some of the local schools were shut, one of my schools had a parent wanting to take their child out of class so that "the family could play in the snow together". Why was this parent off work? He was a teacher at one of the schools that were shut .

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    I think if you are employed in by LA then you should get paid as I think it might be in the green book (dont quote as not sure).

    If in a non la school etc like trust school etc etc then look at your contract.

    Russ

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    Hey! Nobody told me we don't get paid?

    Not my fault they shut the school. I would have walked had I have known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    I just learned that on Monday, when some of the local schools were shut, one of my schools had a parent wanting to take their child out of class so that "the family could play in the snow together". Why was this parent off work? He was a teacher at one of the schools that were shut .
    I think in its way that's a perfectly justifiable reason to want to take your kid out of school. It snows rarely enough that it is somewhat of a special occasion, if I could get away with taking a day off I probably would, but I don't have any kids.

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    Right green book says

    (b) In addition to the provisions set out in the agreement on
    annual leave and public and extra statutory holidays
    there shall be an entitlement to:
    (i) payment for days when the school is closed during
    the term owing to exceptional circumstances such
    as, an election, visits, emergencies or the like, at
    full rate;
    (ii) in the case of school meals employees only, not
    more than three additional days in each year may
    be granted for school closures during term time on
    account of half term and other permitted official
    holidays. Payment at full rate shall be made for any
    such additional days. Employees required to work
    on any such additional days are to be given
    equivalent time off in lieu at a later date, or if this
    is not practicable, payment shall be at double time
    rates.
    So if you work for la school and it is not trust school etc then I think you will get paid.

    Russ

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    Preston and Chorley are dry as a bone

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    Wife's school is closed and I couldn't get down to the office this morning, or the school I was meant to visit this afternoon (partly because I can't get to it and it was closed anyway) so I have just been catching up on paperwork instead.

    If tomorrow is like today then I will do sod all work, but I will book it as a holiday so I can enjoy a bit of R&R.

    Those of us who don't have to be in an office to do a chunk of our job don't really notice about the bad weather ... it is only frustrating when I need to meet someone, get access to some files off the computer system (please don't mention remote access ... I have no control over Corporate IT systems and would not want it anyway) or simply want to get out of the house!

    Off to wrap up warm and take a walk to the shops with my better half.

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    We're closed in Telford Today. Was open yesterday. Got a text at 7am saying "closed", so went back to bed.

    HATE driving in it. The roads out here are untreated. Total ballache. It's still snowing sort of...almost like drizzle. Meh. Looks like it's melting a bit though.

    Very pretty, very "proper UK winters like when I were a lad", shame of it is now I'm all grown up I have to drive in it. poo. That said, I looked at chains 2 years ago when I almost didn't get home...never seen the socks before though...I don't quite see how they'd work..the chains cut into the compacted snow to grip..the socks do it via friction...hmm..I'd love to see a snowy hill side by side demo...

    Mind you..50? For a useable lifetime of...quite a lot? Bit of a bargain there..might be worth a punt.

    The whole "running out of grit" thing sums up my opinion of councils. Shoot the damn lot of them and appoint sensible people to the posts who are in touch with reality. Not enough grit? Psh. Where are the ploughs and road clearers I recall from my youth? Sold off for cash I'd bet. Just because we had a 15 or so year break from "normal" winters. If the BBC are right (reckon this is "cyclic" and will be like this for a few years or so), get them back.

    We pay road tax, we pay rates, we pay for bloody everything in this country and where is it going? not on the bloody road infrastructure, I can say that much. Total TWB.

    Don't get me wrong, a day off is nice. The missus walked into her work, but doesn't work fridays. If we're closed tomorrow as well, fine. Today, I would have quite liked to get a machine, desk and whatnot setup for my new assistant tech, starting monday.

    Poor lad's going to be lumbered with a 256mb Ergo Ensis at this rate. Yuk.

    Luckily, 95% the work in the helpdesk system outstanding can be done remotely over VPN, which is what I shall do.
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    Back to work today...

    Russ

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    I can't get to work even if it was open, Both seemingly major routes I have to take are closed and won't reopen until at least midday

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    We had our school closed yesterday and today

    Never seen it be this bad before.

    Ross

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    We're closed again. No snow to speak of but loads of teachers can't get in!

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    We're open today after being closed yesterday. If anything tho it's worse than yesterday! But the main roads are properly gritted today so staff/students have managed to get in for the most part.

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    Pretty much all roads into minehead are blocked or impassable. Other schools are pretty much all closed, except us.

    In since 7:30, answering phones, and organising things. Absolute chaos so far.

    And we've only got 150 of 620 kids in.

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    Back in today....



    ....until the Head just sent all the students home....Staff will follow soon.

    Awesome

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