THE big topic of debate in Suffolk and Essex today is whether schools should have done more to ensure they could open their doors yesterday in the aftermath of heavy snow.

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Around 200 schools in Suffolk were closed yesterday, and half of those in Essex failed to open their gates.

There was a mixed reaction from parents, with some delighted they could enjoy the snow with their off spring while others complained about having to find last-minute childcare solutions.

Readers have been sharing their views, and Adrian Stohr left a comment on our Facebook page saying: “We have to get into work or we don’t get paid so maybe the teachers probably have it a little too easy and possibly get paid even if they are off.”

Calling for schools to be better prepared, Rachel Bergstrom posted: “Schools have got to get used to this sort of weather because it is going to be the norm for a long time. The roads were clear at 7.30am but the buses cancelled followed by an announcement that the school was closed unless you were doing A Levels!!

“I don’t remember having a day off because of weather. It’s so difficult to get child care anyway without the weather getting in the way! They need to MAN UP!”

Antonina Bickerton could see both sides of the argument and added: “Loved my day with my son, but quizzical at why school actually shut when all others weren’t! So an unpaid day for me.”

Looking back on his own school days, Colin Zippie Bassett posted: “Schools never closed when I was younger, had more snow too.

“Health and safety is well over the top now.”

Trish Moorefield agreed, she said: “My dad had to dig us out of the house some mornings so we could slip and slide our way to Westbourne back in the day... Fun memories!! I do think the open late/close early option is better than closing though.”

Sarah Aldous was appreciative of the snow day and said: “Just let the kids have a day off and a bit of fun.”

On Twitter, Stuart Hood was shocked at the reaction to the snow and said: “Just returned from Findland where there is 20 inches of snow in some places. All schools open!”

And in response to our question, ‘Do schools close easily?’ Stephen Moloney added: “Yes they do all credit due to Moorland school for clearing a safe path to get in my hat off to them #welldonethem.”

Tell us your views on the closures of schools, or send us photos of you braving the elements either today or during your school days to suffolk.iwitness24.co.uk

2 comments

  • You always get someone who says "well *insert country here* manages so why can't we", when the country they are talking about has that weather every day in winter not a few days a year, and their Government has invested in snow ploughsmass grittinggeneral infrastructure. Ours hasn't obviously. It's like comparing milk and water!!

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    K Mcc

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • This problem is made worse because teachers are not allowed to work with pupils in any school other than the one they have been CIB checked to work in. We know two teachers who work miles away from their homes but live within easy walking distance of other schools in the same Education Authority Area as they normally teach, they are not allowed to go into those local schools to work. This is a ludicrous situation - if they work for any County Council as qualified teachers then surely they must be registered and hold personal identification to prove their suitability, it is not as if they were strangers wandering in off the street and asking to have a classroom load of kids put at their disposal for some dastardly deed. They wouldn't even have to teach, by simply being in a nearby school they could mind young kids for the school day allowing parents to attend work and not have to take days off because the school is closed due to bad weather.

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    jackthelad

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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