Many of Norfolk’s schools have been closed for about a week now because of the snow - what do you think about the schools shutting because of the weather?

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There are more than 400 schools across Norfolk, and today about 280 schools are shut because of the treacherous journeys faced by pupils and staff. Many schools were also shut for most of last week.

If you are a parent, how are you coping with the school closures? Do you find the changes problematic or do you have your own back-up plan in case of severe weather?

What do you think about how the weather is affecting the school timetable? Share your views below.

10 comments

  • Schools are frightened of children throwing snowballs. They call this health and safety If you are a nurse and you don't turn up for work you don't get paid. Perhaps Mr Gove needs to introduce this to education for every time a school has a snow closure

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    Jacob Burns

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • "What do you think about schools closing because of the snow? And how do the closures impact on you?" There should be a distinction between whether parents have managed through the school closures and whether they consider it acceptable for one of their children to have missed up to four days of education last week, while the other still had to go to school, when both schools are situated within the same postcode.

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    Musto_Fan

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Excellent suggestions Johnboy.

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    AE

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • How things have changed - in the winter of 1963 I was called to the headmaster as I hadnt walked to the village secondary school. The village was cut off from surrounding villages that made up the catchment area so it would only have been limited attendance. I should have gone according to the headmaster.

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    jennifer jane

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • What a good idea Johnboy. People choose where they live, that shouldnt entitle them not to turn up for work. The parents they cause so much disruption to manage to get to their own jobs, so what makes teachers so special? There's outrage when a parent keeps a child off for a day any other time but apparently it's not a problem when teachers want a duvet day.

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    Only Me

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Couple of suggestions:- 1. Teachers could be asked to attend their local school instead of the school at which they are employed. 2. The Easter holiday of 2 weeks could have 1 week of those as a "provisional" holiday, which can be used for teaching if schools have needed to close. We have do do something to stop Norfolk schools sliding further down the league tables.

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    Johnboy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Thing is, unlike the "good old days", teachers no longer live in the village. They may have to make a 30-40 mile journey to their school nowadays and that's what probably closes a lot of schools.

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    marty r

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Contrary to popular belief, it is not teachers who decide whether a school closes. In many cases schools are shut because of a combination of issues, pupil safety being at the top of the list. I have been incredibly frustrated with the disruption the weather has caused. I am also concerned for my pupils missing important lessons, although I'm sure this isn't reciprocated! Teaching isn't a profession that involves 'clocking on and off' and we are not paid an 'hourly' rate (alhough it would be interesting to calculate this, given that my average working week is well above 50 hours). It is interesting that many people think I should 'make up' time away that I didn't ask for or want. I have spent the snow days looking after my own children (off school because OF THE WEATHER) and re-planning lessons so that pupils will be able to catch-up with lost learning. It is interesting that many people refer to it as off school 'because of the teachers', the kids are off school because of unprecedented weather.

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    happilyeverafter

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • See comments on the "Schools Closed" report !.

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    "V"

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Will these 'lost' days be added on at the end of the year to make up for the loss or will Teachers have a portion of wages docked? Don't bank on it!

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    City Boy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

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