My only point would be if that became your school policy, and in a paniced effort to drive into work a member of staff has a bad accident, I am not sure I would be too happy with SMT, and SMT should not be feeling too great either.
BTW, this should not be taken as a point to now argue 'well, they could have an accident any time that is not our fault...' etc etc, I am not placing blame, I am not for essentially telling staff to take risks they don't feel they can handle when in charge of a 2 tonne hulk of metal!
Oh, this is not directed at you IanT by the way, it is a general comment!
We have a telephone tree that starts with me calling the HT at 6am to describe the view from my frontdoor (I live closest to school) closely followed by a text to the secretary to put her on alert
She calls the Bursar, Deputy Head and Head of Pre-School and they call their lists to assess who can get in. I usually get the call to update the website, twiiter and radio stations within half an hour.
Today is definite closure. We don't have a ski tow between our buildings and the steep hill has turned into the Cresta Run!
My teenagers are very pigged off as their schools seem to be the only ones open in the town and the journey is walkable!
Snow Business - World Leaders in Artificial Snow and Winter Effects to do a job on your front garden in mid June so everyone can have a day off.
Gloucestershire seems to be a virtually snow proof vortex at the moment. Apart from a tiny dusting we're had nothing.
elsiegee40 (1st December 2010)
I'm amazed by the 'if I can get in they can' attitude of people not just on here but in general. Many people can't get their cars out of their own streets during really prolonged periods of snow and/or ice; for the same reason cabs can't be used; bus and train services are cancelled. My own school takes the reasonable view that you should do everything you can do to get in, but if you're unable to you are expected to stay in contact and work at home if at all possible.
and also can really depends what road you live on, in your town. if you live on a relatively main road you may be able to get your car out, we live on a cul-de-sac (not gritted) which is on a hill, i challenge anyone to get a car out of here at the moment!
Another interesting snippet from the BBC ...
BBC News - Why do schools shut when it snows?Another area where there is a clash is travel. Often during heavy snow only "essential travel" is advised. The DfE regards travelling to school as essential and says both staff and pupils should try to do so safely
Just to be clear here, ter is no legal recourse not to go to work when it snows, unless you have it in your contract, or the management have decided to shut the school.
If the powers that be have done neither of the above, you should be able to take a days hols, or a day unpaid. If you have a right b*******d of a boss they might try and discipline you for not attending your workplace, and if worst came to the worst you could show you made reasanable efforts you'd probably wim at tribuneral (if it got that far).
However, if you don't turn up to work, you are legally in breach of contract, unless you fullfilla criteria for not turning in (being sick, on hold etc). Bad weather, as far as I know, is not an accepted criteria.
As with all things comman sense should prevail, but as it's not that comman sometimes it doesn't!!
Darn this double post train technology
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My road at present is like a giant ice rink.. it is drivable as long as you dont go over 5mph!
This does not stop the morons "whizzing" past at 30mph, or getting irritated cos they are stuck behind me!
I slide round bends with ease (so far I have had a near miss with almost everthing and someone who then slipped into a $profanity loop..
the "main road" isn't gritted - its only clear cos of cars driving thru it - so i'm driving on frozen, compacted slush!
Given that I have a young family - I would much prefer to be alive and face up to a disciplinary panel, than dead!!
I will do my best to work from home - plenty of processes and procedures, etc that can be written up... - but thats not always easy when yiou havea 3yo wanting to build a snowman and have snowball fights..
I had a tit stuck behind me today - doing 30 into a hairpin, in second..he was an inch off my bumper..sigh.
Made a slight boob in the carpark..hit the throttle instead of the brake, and I've embedded the bumper in the flowerbed..heh.
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