I produce the contracts in our school and I've never seen a paragraph about working in the nearest school in the event of school closure, though I do believe this used to be the 'accepted' case. Think it disappeared long, long ago!
I'm not in school today, though it is open. I have a sick OH at home and an even sicker parent in hospital 90 miles away whom I was hoping to go and visit. Some hope - the main roads are gridlocked as far as I can tell from listening to the traffic reports.
Also consider that a school may be closed in the interests of pupil safety. You will turn up to the nearest school just to find they are closed too due to no kids. Those who have got in won't be doing lessons as the rest of the class will be left behind.
I am surprised with the heavy snow we had in London that the transport has kept running. Seems National Rail and TFL were well prepared this time round. Will be fun getting home by car though, roads were bad enough this morning!
Additionally, schools I have worked in or with where they have closed, often expect support staff (as well as teaching staff in some cases) to still come in even if the school is closed to pupils...
If it's multiple days of closure, it's a fair chance the site agents won't even open up the 2nd day, so no point in trying to get in.
In the end, most teachers presented with a random day at home in the middle of a teaching week will catch up on lesson planning or other paperchasing exercises, so it's rarely a wasted day. Just the nature of most teachers i've ever met, they never quite stop (until about the 4th alcoholic drink, then they REALLY let go!)
Took me 3 hours going half the distance the other way. Deathtrap roads and huge queues, nearly abandoned the car and walked.
Just a quick comment to throw in - would you still expect the plumber to arrive at your house to mend your boiler? Or would you accept that the snow is too dangerous for his astra van?
I go back to my point above though, why are staff expected to still come in even when the school is closed, and I am talking mostly about support staff here, in my experience?
Our school is shut today, I'm not expected in although I did text the office manager to see if I was required to go in as I live quite close.
it took me 5hours and 15mins to get home last night, took me 30mins getting in this morning, we've had to close because too many staff have rang in.
Me and the head were on reception taking the calls!, i live 10miles from work, if I can get in they can it in is my view.
Mother-in-law chickened out yesterday for childcare citing "5 inches of snow"..we had about an inch tops. Plus more overnight. Jem walked to work, I stayed home and spent my first full day alone with daughter. Good times!
MIL drives a Kia Soul..always saying how good it is, how well it handles etc..yet snow can stop it? I don't buy it. Jem's taken the day off today working remotely so I can come in today, then she doesn't work thurs/fri, so we'll be OK until next week now.
I have a boot containing autosocks, a blanket etc..so far, 1 wheelspin. Untreated school carpark!
I have the only car out there with a blue fleece blanket covering the windscreen, and front doors. Heh.
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