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Our school was open today - and getting there was awful!

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I wonder how many of you had treacherous journeys into school? It took me 40 minutes to get there. We had to walk, because the side roads are too dangerous. My poor 3 year old (only just 3) was s… Read More
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
I wonder how many of you had treacherous journeys into school?

It took me 40 minutes to get there. We had to walk, because the side roads are too dangerous. My poor 3 year old (only just 3) was sore and cold after 20 mins, and where people had thought to clear the snow - we thought it was safe to walk - but in fact the area was sheet ice - we couldn't tell.

So we drop off the older child who is wanting to run and throw snowballs - but not good near busy roads! And then poor daughter and I have to make the return journey!

I know the head teacher is trying to make the best decision but I don't think it is fair.

Cars were skidding and sliding on the school road, there is no way they could stop quickly if they wanted to.

My sister actually called her husband back from work to try and get the car off the drive - he couldn't get it off either!

Grrrr - Snow is lovely and fun with fresh fall we had such a lovely day yesterday - but today we are paying back for the fun.

Oh well - it will all be forgotten in a few days
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
i live literally 5 mins from school but it took me 25 mins with my 3 and 4 year olds having t walk so slow because of the ice. just when i thought i had made it i slipped and fell right near the school gates. not happy, especially when i have to go back at 3!
#2
gemmar26
i live literally 5 mins from school but it took me 25 mins with my 3 and 4 year olds having t walk so slow because of the ice. just when i thought i had made it i slipped and fell right near the school gates. not happy, especially when i have to go back at 3!

they might phone you begore then to go and collect them. I'm lucky my kids schools are closed as one is right in the top of a hill x x x x x
banned#3
good get the brats to school and get an education
#4
Oh no - I hope you weren't hurt!

Our school is one of the few open in our borough - It's typical of our head to make this decision though - so not unexpected.

I've just had a txt from a mum, and she says that after finally getting her child to school today (better late than not - maybe) she got to the train station, and there was a fatality on the level crossing.

My stomach is hurting thinking of the possibilities - it's just awful.

Safety is much more important than feeling obliged to go to school or work - People take good care.
#5
yeah took 30 mins yesterday to do a 10min walk, but we lucky today snow all gone rain washed it all away.
ill try and send you some rain,
hope you get back to school and home again saftley
#6
My daughers school is open today, closed yesterday though. We didnt find out until the last minute and she was wsiting with baited breath in her uniform to see if she was going or not. I work in a school and that is closed today, which is a result as I have the day to myself. The trouble is ALL of the other local schools are closed and the children are outside playing. She was gutted this morning. Saying that they had a week off at the beginning of term due to burst pipes.
It was like an icerink this morning there were people slipping around all over the place! Dangerous really
#7
tinkerbell28
My son has just left for school it's rediculous, he is an hour and a half late as you would expect, his transport was late. He goes to special school yet ALL the local schools are closed, my middle son is off school and the mainstream next to my sons is closed, why they persevered and took them to school I don't know. It's really heavy here now :-(


You can admire some people for trying to keep things as normal as possible, but sometimes it's just stubborness ruling our sensible heads!

You never know they might have been very late, because the previous pickups might not have been ready in time, also getting to and from the vehicle would have taken longer. I know it used to happen to my sister from time to time
XXX
#8
bambu
yeah took 30 mins yesterday to do a 10min walk, but we lucky today snow all gone rain washed it all away.
ill try and send you some rain,
hope you get back to school and home again saftley


Ooh lovely - best case scenario - Lovely lush deep snow - followed by lots of rain to wash it away - once we've had our fun!

Please do send some immediately - lol
#9
We should all
hibernate until April :-D
#10
Butterflies
Ooh lovely - best case scenario - Lovely lush deep snow - followed by lots of rain to wash it away - once we've had our fun!

Please do send some immediately - lol


il email you all some rain now LOL
all be careful out there sounds really bad
#11
Took me almost an hour for a journey that usually takes 10 mins. The roads are sheer ice and people were abandoning their cars all over the place

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#12
Our school was open yesterday and we had tons more snow than that!!! I was away so the kids had to organize themselves, lunch, uniforms the lot.....they did great!!!
#13
after hearing your stories and looking at them pics i cert wont be complaining about this rain and will be putting anyone right who does
take care everyone
#14
I teach at a first school, our last head always tried to recruit staff in the immediate vicinity if possible and never closed the school, she had to do a H+S risk assessment on the morning of any heavy snow/ice and get it approved by the county and on we plodded. Apparently it's in our contracts that if our school is closed or we can't get there we have to report at the nearest school for work, great. Working parents who had to be up and about always appreciated that they didn't have to find immediate child care but the poor after school club staff suffered when they couldn't get back on time because the roads were congested and had to stay really late into the evening which wasn't very fair to them. I would always say close the school if in doubt there's more to life than a day of missed education, why take risks on ice sheets, and who knows what the weather will be like at the end of the school day? I think my child would have been ill today anyway, problem solved.
#15
Shark Girl
I teach at a first school, our last head always tried to recruit staff in the immediate vicinity if possible and never closed the school, she had to do a H+S risk assessment on the morning of any heavy snow/ice and get it approved by the county and on we plodded. Apparently it's in our contracts that if our school is closed or we can't get there we have to report at the nearest school for work, great. Working parents who had to be up and about always appreciated that they didn't have to find immediate child care but the poor after school club staff suffered when they couldn't get back on time because the roads were congested and had to stay really late into the evening which wasn't very fair to them. I would always say close the school if in doubt there's more to life than a day of missed education, why take risks on ice sheets, and who knows what the weather will be like at the end of the school day? I think my child would have been ill today anyway, problem solved.


Thats my thinking really - I should have pulled a sicky for my boy.

My problem is I am a childminder - so I have to go and collect those children who have been taken to school anyway!

Luckily my Brother in Law has been round, and has removed the snow from the car. I tried but couldn't reach the middle of the windscreen and it was about 8 inches deep. Now I can defrost it and drive to the safest nearest place and then walk the rest. It's a compromise.
#16
Shark Girl
I teach at a first school, our last head always tried to recruit staff in the immediate vicinity if possible and never closed the school, she had to do a H+S risk assessment on the morning of any heavy snow/ice and get it approved by the county and on we plodded. [SIZE="4"]Apparently it's in our contracts that if our school is closed or we can't get there we have to report at the nearest school for work, great[/SIZE]. Working parents who had to be up and about always appreciated that they didn't have to find immediate child care but the poor after school club staff suffered when they couldn't get back on time because the roads were congested and had to stay really late into the evening which wasn't very fair to them. I would always say close the school if in doubt there's more to life than a day of missed education, why take risks on ice sheets, and who knows what the weather will be like at the end of the school day? I think my child would have been ill today anyway, problem solved.


I didn't know that! Do people really do that?
#17
Re: Reporting to nearest schools : Unfortunately yes, and I was reminded of it a couple of years ago by the head in question. Mind you I'm not so sure how they would get around the site specific CRB's weall need to have now, or indeed checking up, it's a question of do as we say not what we do I'm guessing. We were talking about it yesterday and I would point out that I'm hardly likely to bother and I would like to meet another teacher that will. :whistling:
#18
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u117/Bindyb00/DSCF5683.jpg

Outside our house at the moment
#19
Now that really surprises me, if I was a mum using a child minder and the weather was as bad as your pictures are showing would I really want to let someone else take responsibility for the most precious thing in my life or put themselves at risk for me in these conditions or go to work? .... hmmm let me think, a day off on sick or a days holiday would be my choice, that said without doctors and nurses etc. where would we all be, difficult one.
#20
I live near a secondary school in the West Midlands (same road the school is on), which I would say has had moderate snow fall, the school was closed yesterday as is it today.

After venturing out last night in the car to find a couple of supermarkets closed early and proceeding on to Makro, the roads (which were clear of snow and ice) desolate and the eeriness of hardly seeing a soul it was reminiscent of the tv drama "Survivors"

Whilst I can appreciate the dangers in certain areas of the country with ice, and certainly higher levels of snow fall down south, yesterday here reminded me of the usual snow levels I remember some 20 something years ago whereby I had to walk to school (which was a good 15 minute walk away for me) and rarely was it closed, rarely did people have problems getting to work, and people just seemed to have the ability to cope with things better than today. Looking at Butterflies picture posted above is the sort of snow I regularly trampled in to go about my business.

Although not a parent I feel there are a greater number of schools closed than is necessary and worry that the future generation of kids are growing up handled with "kid gloves"

*EDIT* Picture now taken on the road leading up to the school, snow has melted more than yesterday, and the school is closed, would have taken a lot more snow than that in my day for my local school at the time to be closed!

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#21
I sa keep the schools open, it's only a bit of snow. In my day the school never closed because of snow. Many parents both work full time now, especially in this economic climate. Closing the schools means that these people will have to take a day off work that they may well not be able to afford.
#22
My road is nothing compared to the roads that lead to the school!

Obviously I didn't reventure out to get better pictures for this forum! I just opened the door and clicked.

The school road is on a hill. Last year I saw cars sliding into others, so naturally I am cautious this year - also today I saw cars wheel spinning trying to go up the hill whilst I was standing by the school gates.

I appreciate people have to get to work - but at what cost to the health and safety of ourselves and our children?
#23
Also - I always walked to school as a child - even in rain or snow. But I also remember walking all the way to school, and being turned away and sent back home.

I walked my kids to school today - because I believe in trying to get on with things... but obviously today I thought the attempt was dangerous!

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