Schools across Hampshire and Southampton stay shut on Monday because of snow

Daily Echo: Schools stay shut on Monday because of snow Schools stay shut on Monday because of snow

SCHOOLS across Hampshire and Southampton have already decided to remain shut tomorrow because of snow and ice.

Others have changed their opening times in a bid to avoid the worst of the weather conditions.

Weston Park Primary in Southampton is staying closed because its heating system has failed.

Meonstoke Church of England School is remaining shut because access to the site in Chapel Road is unsafe. Bosses expect to re-open on Tuesday.

Winnall Primary and Osborne School in Winchester, West Meon Church of England Primary and Test Valley School in Stockbridge are also staying closed for safety reasons.

Swanmore College of Technology is closed to all but staff and Year 11 pupils taking a geography GCSE exam.

Crestwood College for Business and Enterprise in Eastleigh is opening at 10am after staff had cleared snow from the site. All after school activities have been cancelled.

Only Year 10 and 11 pupils are able to go to Mountbatten School in Romsey.

A spokesman said staff would be clearing compacted snow from all paths and playgrounds so it could fully open from tomorrow.

Valentine Infant and Heathfield Junior in Southampton are starting lessons at 10.30am.

Bitterne Park School is delaying registration until 9.15am and has called a non-uniform day so pupils could wear winter clothing and shoes.

Sholing Junior is open but said pupils should not arrive before 8.45am.

Sholing Technology College and Ludlow Infant Academy in Woolston will delay opening until 10am while Regents Park Community College is opening at 10.15am.

Woolston Infant School is asking parents to bring children to the main entrance between 8.45am and 10am.

Hightown Primary, Kanes Hill Primary and St Denys Primary are all delaying opening until 10am.

Tanners Brook Infant, Newlands Primary and Mason Moor Primary said parents could bring children to the main entrance between 9am and 10am.

Thornhill Primary and Heathfield Junior are delaying opening until 10.30am.

Pupils at Sholing Junior are advised not to arrive before 8.45am.

Oakwood Junior is asking people to use the wooden gate from Sandpiper Road as paths were cleared of snow and ice.

Glenfield Infant and Beechwood Junior are open as usual but asking children to wear warm winter clothes instead of the usual uniform.

At Mansel Park Primary parents can bring children in between 9am and 10am at the main entrance.

Upper Shirley High is considering a 9.30am start to be confirmed tomorrow morning.

Chandler's Ford Infant is not opening until 10am.

Cupernham Junior and Cupernham Infant in Romsey are delaying the start of the school day until 9.15am.

Hamble Primary is opening at 9.30am to allow staff to carry out safety checks while Fair Oak Infant has cancelled its breakfast club and asked that no child be dropped off until 8.55am.

Kings Worthy Primary near Winchester is also staggering the start of the day with children being asked to arrive between 9.30am and 10am.

Fair Oak Infant School wil open as usual but breakfast club is shut.

Glenfield Infant School is open but pupils have been urged to wear warm clothing instead of uniform.

At Banister Primary the breakfast club has also been cancelled and parents have been told to send children in warm clothes with a change of clothes in case the children are able to go out at break time.

Portswood Primary is open but children can wear warm clothes and do not need to wear school uniform.

At Shirley Warren Primary and Nursery there is a staggered start:

Nursery - 9am
Reception, year 1 and 2 - 9.30am
Years 3 to 6 - 10am
Breakfast club - Normal time

St Mary's CE Voluntary Controlled Primary in Southampton is open but children whould wear warm clothes which is the same at Beechwood Juniors and Townhill Juniors.

At Oakwood Junior School parents and pupils have bee told use the wooden gate from Sandpiper Road and come into school via reception.

At Bitterne Park School registration is at 9.15am but it will be non uniform- andf pupils have been urged  wear suitable winter clothing and shoes to be worn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3:58pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Lord Ikea says...

What amazes me is, that, if my daughters college closes due to the bad weather and the college bus does not run and the police are advising people not to travel because its dangerous, if she is sitting an exam that day she still has to go in. They exam boards say that bad weather and closed colleges and dangerous roads are not a good enough excuse. Below is the notice on the colleges web site.

EXAMINATIONS AND
ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
You should assume that the College will be open for
exams – even if it is closed for normal teaching
Please allow extra time for your journey into College
Please telephone the College at the
earliest opportunity to let us know if you are going to
be late for an exam
If you arrive late you may still be able to sit your exam,
depending on how late you are.
If you are late please do not go to your Exam Room as
you will not be allowed in and may disturb others who are
already sitting their exam – please make your way to the
Exams Office in Student Services.
The Exams Team will do their best to arrange to start the
exam later or make other appropriate arrangements as far
as they are allowed according to exam regulations.
Please try not to get flustered or stressed if you are
late as that will not help you when you finally sit your
exam – remain calm and try to get to the Exams Office
as soon as possible on entering the College campus.

My daughter lives 15 miles from the college is she expected to get a passing dog sled?
What amazes me is, that, if my daughters college closes due to the bad weather and the college bus does not run and the police are advising people not to travel because its dangerous, if she is sitting an exam that day she still has to go in. They exam boards say that bad weather and closed colleges and dangerous roads are not a good enough excuse. Below is the notice on the colleges web site. EXAMINATIONS AND ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS You should assume that the College will be open for exams – even if it is closed for normal teaching Please allow extra time for your journey into College Please telephone the College at the earliest opportunity to let us know if you are going to be late for an exam If you arrive late you may still be able to sit your exam, depending on how late you are. If you are late please do not go to your Exam Room as you will not be allowed in and may disturb others who are already sitting their exam – please make your way to the Exams Office in Student Services. The Exams Team will do their best to arrange to start the exam later or make other appropriate arrangements as far as they are allowed according to exam regulations. Please try not to get flustered or stressed if you are late as that will not help you when you finally sit your exam – remain calm and try to get to the Exams Office as soon as possible on entering the College campus. My daughter lives 15 miles from the college is she expected to get a passing dog sled? Lord Ikea
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4:37pm Sun 20 Jan 13

thinklikealocal says...

Walk/train/walk?
Walk/train/walk? thinklikealocal
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4:42pm Sun 20 Jan 13

little miss chatterbox says...

does anybody know whether ludlow junior school is open/shut tomorrow?
does anybody know whether ludlow junior school is open/shut tomorrow? little miss chatterbox
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5:08pm Sun 20 Jan 13

sarfhamton says...

can i have a refund on my council tax please?
can i have a refund on my council tax please? sarfhamton
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5:14pm Sun 20 Jan 13

housewife says...

One of my children will be in school, the other not.
BUT
The one who is not has been set four pieces of work (out of five lessons, the other being PE) to do at home and submit online.
Remote working makes more sense than traffic chaos. And as remote working will be the way it is when they leave university, I see no harm in starting now.
The teachers set clear work and expect it to be submitted by the restart of school. No great shakes.
One of my children will be in school, the other not. BUT The one who is not has been set four pieces of work (out of five lessons, the other being PE) to do at home and submit online. Remote working makes more sense than traffic chaos. And as remote working will be the way it is when they leave university, I see no harm in starting now. The teachers set clear work and expect it to be submitted by the restart of school. No great shakes. housewife
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5:18pm Sun 20 Jan 13

dogbruce says...

Kids have non uniform day because of the snow (pathetic) and schools closed due to snow ,How on earth did kids and parents cope in the 70s and 80s ,We wore Wellies took a bag with shoes in for the school hours,
Just another Health and safety gone mad
Kids have non uniform day because of the snow (pathetic) and schools closed due to snow ,How on earth did kids and parents cope in the 70s and 80s ,We wore Wellies took a bag with shoes in for the school hours, Just another Health and safety gone mad dogbruce
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5:23pm Sun 20 Jan 13

eurogordi says...

Lord Ikea wrote:
What amazes me is, that, if my daughters college closes due to the bad weather and the college bus does not run and the police are advising people not to travel because its dangerous, if she is sitting an exam that day she still has to go in. They exam boards say that bad weather and closed colleges and dangerous roads are not a good enough excuse. Below is the notice on the colleges web site.

EXAMINATIONS AND
ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
You should assume that the College will be open for
exams – even if it is closed for normal teaching
Please allow extra time for your journey into College
Please telephone the College at the
earliest opportunity to let us know if you are going to
be late for an exam
If you arrive late you may still be able to sit your exam,
depending on how late you are.
If you are late please do not go to your Exam Room as
you will not be allowed in and may disturb others who are
already sitting their exam – please make your way to the
Exams Office in Student Services.
The Exams Team will do their best to arrange to start the
exam later or make other appropriate arrangements as far
as they are allowed according to exam regulations.
Please try not to get flustered or stressed if you are
late as that will not help you when you finally sit your
exam – remain calm and try to get to the Exams Office
as soon as possible on entering the College campus.

My daughter lives 15 miles from the college is she expected to get a passing dog sled?
This is the problem of having winter and summer exams as part of the same course, and national exam boards that are uncompromising in their practices (and inaccurate in their markings!).

Exams are stressful enough without adding adverse weather to the equation. Exam papers are opened on the day of the exam, so why don't the boards just postpone all exams nationally rather than penalise hard work and revision?

No surprise that Ofqual is remaining very quiet on this subject.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Ikea[/bold] wrote: What amazes me is, that, if my daughters college closes due to the bad weather and the college bus does not run and the police are advising people not to travel because its dangerous, if she is sitting an exam that day she still has to go in. They exam boards say that bad weather and closed colleges and dangerous roads are not a good enough excuse. Below is the notice on the colleges web site. EXAMINATIONS AND ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS You should assume that the College will be open for exams – even if it is closed for normal teaching Please allow extra time for your journey into College Please telephone the College at the earliest opportunity to let us know if you are going to be late for an exam If you arrive late you may still be able to sit your exam, depending on how late you are. If you are late please do not go to your Exam Room as you will not be allowed in and may disturb others who are already sitting their exam – please make your way to the Exams Office in Student Services. The Exams Team will do their best to arrange to start the exam later or make other appropriate arrangements as far as they are allowed according to exam regulations. Please try not to get flustered or stressed if you are late as that will not help you when you finally sit your exam – remain calm and try to get to the Exams Office as soon as possible on entering the College campus. My daughter lives 15 miles from the college is she expected to get a passing dog sled?[/p][/quote]This is the problem of having winter and summer exams as part of the same course, and national exam boards that are uncompromising in their practices (and inaccurate in their markings!). Exams are stressful enough without adding adverse weather to the equation. Exam papers are opened on the day of the exam, so why don't the boards just postpone all exams nationally rather than penalise hard work and revision? No surprise that Ofqual is remaining very quiet on this subject. eurogordi
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5:59pm Sun 20 Jan 13

bigfella777 says...

What snow? It's all gone
What snow? It's all gone bigfella777
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6:20pm Sun 20 Jan 13

debzy82 says...

Hightown Primary are open from 10am. Just received a text from the school
Hightown Primary are open from 10am. Just received a text from the school debzy82
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6:44pm Sun 20 Jan 13

thinklikealocal says...

bigfella777 wrote:
What snow? It's all gone
Lucky you in Marbella! The pavements (you know, the things kids walk along to get to school) here in Eastleigh are treacherous (and that's before tonights -5c temperatures). Also, you may not realise it (I'm not sure why) but a lot of school staff may live a long way from the school and have difficulty getting in.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: What snow? It's all gone[/p][/quote]Lucky you in Marbella! The pavements (you know, the things kids walk along to get to school) here in Eastleigh are treacherous (and that's before tonights -5c temperatures). Also, you may not realise it (I'm not sure why) but a lot of school staff may live a long way from the school and have difficulty getting in. thinklikealocal
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7:20pm Sun 20 Jan 13

bighit2011 says...

Does anybody no if Fryern infant school is open please?
Does anybody no if Fryern infant school is open please? bighit2011
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7:54pm Sun 20 Jan 13

solomum says...

bighit2011 wrote:
Does anybody no if Fryern infant school is open please?
check on school website or on hants.gov.uk
[quote][p][bold]bighit2011[/bold] wrote: Does anybody no if Fryern infant school is open please?[/p][/quote]check on school website or on hants.gov.uk solomum
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8:11pm Sun 20 Jan 13

S Pance says...

People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather.

A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law.

When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open.

These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away.

As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover.

Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?
People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close? S Pance
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8:13pm Sun 20 Jan 13

True Chandler's Ford resident says...

Yes, Fryern is open.
Yes, Fryern is open. True Chandler's Ford resident
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8:59pm Sun 20 Jan 13

wilson castaway says...

Also pupils are not always able to attend their local school due to it being over subscribed.My sons school is over 2 miles away.Tomorrow we will be crossing a graveyard, a field and a river just to get to the bus stop.Whilst pushing a buggy,Im dreading it.!
Also pupils are not always able to attend their local school due to it being over subscribed.My sons school is over 2 miles away.Tomorrow we will be crossing a graveyard, a field and a river just to get to the bus stop.Whilst pushing a buggy,Im dreading it.! wilson castaway
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9:11pm Sun 20 Jan 13

GoonerEIE says...

S Pance wrote:
People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather.

A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law.

When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open.

These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away.

As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover.

Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?
Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!!
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?[/p][/quote]Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!! GoonerEIE
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10:21pm Sun 20 Jan 13

For pity sake says...

S Pance wrote:
People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather.

A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law.

When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open.

These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away.

As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover.

Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?
It doesn't explain why you can't spell "accommodate"...
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?[/p][/quote]It doesn't explain why you can't spell "accommodate"... For pity sake
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10:43pm Sun 20 Jan 13

sandjd says...

GoonerEIE wrote:
S Pance wrote: People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?
Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!!
Ha you say teachers are lazy, bone idle, overpaid, underworked so-and-so's - well 1. whilst you were typing that comment I was marking (spent all day marking 30 writing assessments!) 2. many (if not all) staff I know are included in the comment 'most schools are making the site safe' - yes highly qualified teacher's shovelling snow!! 3. teacher's are the people who enabled you to do the job you do 4. how many people do you know work from 7:30 am until 11 pm on a regular basis and spend many hours over the weekend? For every 1 hour in the classroom good teachers will have spent another 1 hour (or more) in preparation and then another 1 hour (or more) on marking, assessment, tracking, report writing etc - at least. Until you have worked in a classroom spare the arrogant assumptions. Just because your experience of school is only based on what you saw not on the hours worked that you didn't see don't think you know 1 bean of what you are talking about!!
[quote][p][bold]GoonerEIE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?[/p][/quote]Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!![/p][/quote]Ha you say teachers are lazy, bone idle, overpaid, underworked so-and-so's - well 1. whilst you were typing that comment I was marking (spent all day marking 30 writing assessments!) 2. many (if not all) staff I know are included in the comment 'most schools are making the site safe' - yes highly qualified teacher's shovelling snow!! 3. teacher's are the people who enabled you to do the job you do 4. how many people do you know work from 7:30 am until 11 pm on a regular basis and spend many hours over the weekend? For every 1 hour in the classroom good teachers will have spent another 1 hour (or more) in preparation and then another 1 hour (or more) on marking, assessment, tracking, report writing etc - at least. Until you have worked in a classroom spare the arrogant assumptions. Just because your experience of school is only based on what you saw not on the hours worked that you didn't see don't think you know 1 bean of what you are talking about!! sandjd
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10:45pm Sun 20 Jan 13

sandjd says...

sandjd wrote:
GoonerEIE wrote:
S Pance wrote: People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?
Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!!
Ha you say teachers are lazy, bone idle, overpaid, underworked so-and-so's - well 1. whilst you were typing that comment I was marking (spent all day marking 30 writing assessments!) 2. many (if not all) staff I know are included in the comment 'most schools are making the site safe' - yes highly qualified teacher's shovelling snow!! 3. teacher's are the people who enabled you to do the job you do 4. how many people do you know work from 7:30 am until 11 pm on a regular basis and spend many hours over the weekend? For every 1 hour in the classroom good teachers will have spent another 1 hour (or more) in preparation and then another 1 hour (or more) on marking, assessment, tracking, report writing etc - at least. Until you have worked in a classroom spare the arrogant assumptions. Just because your experience of school is only based on what you saw not on the hours worked that you didn't see don't think you know 1 bean of what you are talking about!!
oops just spotted my grammatical errors due to the late hour and rushing of typing!! Should be teachers not teacher's!!
[quote][p][bold]sandjd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GoonerEIE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?[/p][/quote]Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!![/p][/quote]Ha you say teachers are lazy, bone idle, overpaid, underworked so-and-so's - well 1. whilst you were typing that comment I was marking (spent all day marking 30 writing assessments!) 2. many (if not all) staff I know are included in the comment 'most schools are making the site safe' - yes highly qualified teacher's shovelling snow!! 3. teacher's are the people who enabled you to do the job you do 4. how many people do you know work from 7:30 am until 11 pm on a regular basis and spend many hours over the weekend? For every 1 hour in the classroom good teachers will have spent another 1 hour (or more) in preparation and then another 1 hour (or more) on marking, assessment, tracking, report writing etc - at least. Until you have worked in a classroom spare the arrogant assumptions. Just because your experience of school is only based on what you saw not on the hours worked that you didn't see don't think you know 1 bean of what you are talking about!![/p][/quote]oops just spotted my grammatical errors due to the late hour and rushing of typing!! Should be teachers not teacher's!! sandjd
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10:53pm Sun 20 Jan 13

sandjd says...

Stupid predictive texting!!
Stupid predictive texting!! sandjd
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10:54pm Sun 20 Jan 13

MGRA says...

totally pathetic. ALL main roads open so ALL schools should be.
totally pathetic. ALL main roads open so ALL schools should be. MGRA
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11:09pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Just another reader says...

GoonerEIE wrote:
S Pance wrote:
People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather.

A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law.

When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open.

These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away.

As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover.

Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?
Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!!
Bit harsh. Amazes me when teachers get called lazy and overpaid. They're on a fairly average wage for trying to educate what are sometimes rude and obnoxious kids. When their parents are then told of the child's behaviour they too become rude, aggressive and threatening because "my child wouldn't do that!"
When kids get taken home from school at 3.15 teachers job isn't over. They have lessons to prepare, work to mark, reports to compose and classrooms to organise.
Maybe, you could offer to help out in class from time to time. Most schools welcome parental interaction and assistance. Or is that too much hard work?

And no before you ask, I'm not a teacher or involved in any way with a school. I'm a parent, one that has taught both of my children to respect others including teachers, and regularly point out the benefit of working hard at school. And I work full time, but try to offer help whenever I can at the school.
[quote][p][bold]GoonerEIE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?[/p][/quote]Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!![/p][/quote]Bit harsh. Amazes me when teachers get called lazy and overpaid. They're on a fairly average wage for trying to educate what are sometimes rude and obnoxious kids. When their parents are then told of the child's behaviour they too become rude, aggressive and threatening because "my child wouldn't do that!" When kids get taken home from school at 3.15 teachers job isn't over. They have lessons to prepare, work to mark, reports to compose and classrooms to organise. Maybe, you could offer to help out in class from time to time. Most schools welcome parental interaction and assistance. Or is that too much hard work? And no before you ask, I'm not a teacher or involved in any way with a school. I'm a parent, one that has taught both of my children to respect others including teachers, and regularly point out the benefit of working hard at school. And I work full time, but try to offer help whenever I can at the school. Just another reader
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11:43pm Sun 20 Jan 13

sparkster says...

When I went to school and it was snowing mum walked me to school in my wellies and i changed into my shoes, she'd take my wellies back home and do the same again at the end of school
When I went to school and it was snowing mum walked me to school in my wellies and i changed into my shoes, she'd take my wellies back home and do the same again at the end of school sparkster
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2:16am Mon 21 Jan 13

ToastyTea says...

for gods sake we get a little bit of snow and it's chaos, I feel sorry for parents who have to mess about taking time off work etc because schools close.
We get this every year you'd think we could work around it by now, how do you think they cope in countries like Russia or Canada where they get a hell of alot more snow. Id hate to think what would happen if we get a decent amount of snow
for gods sake we get a little bit of snow and it's chaos, I feel sorry for parents who have to mess about taking time off work etc because schools close. We get this every year you'd think we could work around it by now, how do you think they cope in countries like Russia or Canada where they get a hell of alot more snow. Id hate to think what would happen if we get a decent amount of snow ToastyTea
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6:35am Mon 21 Jan 13

Lockssmart says...

MGRA wrote:
totally pathetic. ALL main roads open so ALL schools should be.
MGRA are the words of God, so it must be right.
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: totally pathetic. ALL main roads open so ALL schools should be.[/p][/quote]MGRA are the words of God, so it must be right. Lockssmart
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9:00am Mon 21 Jan 13

sparkster says...

I agree ToastyTea i commented theother day that norway and sweden get far more snow than we do and their countries dont come to a standstill, they are probably better prepared for it i suppose, we get a bit here. I remember when i was little and lived in Devon we used to get really biting winters and snow, i mean deep snow you didnt know if you were walking on the road or hedgetops, somehow everybody coped, the snow we have had is nothing compared to russia canada norway sweden etc
I agree ToastyTea i commented theother day that norway and sweden get far more snow than we do and their countries dont come to a standstill, they are probably better prepared for it i suppose, we get a bit here. I remember when i was little and lived in Devon we used to get really biting winters and snow, i mean deep snow you didnt know if you were walking on the road or hedgetops, somehow everybody coped, the snow we have had is nothing compared to russia canada norway sweden etc sparkster
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9:33am Mon 21 Jan 13

huckit P says...

Comments regarding school attendance years ago being unaffected by snow - I also remember walking to school in willies and then changing for lessons. As we lived in the country it was almost 2 miles by road or just over a mile across the fields. I don't recall any time being lost because of snow. The difference between then and now is litigation. If a child fell over because of ice or snow they were told to stop whingeing and be more careful. Now the parents would sue anyone and everyone.
Comments regarding school attendance years ago being unaffected by snow - I also remember walking to school in willies and then changing for lessons. As we lived in the country it was almost 2 miles by road or just over a mile across the fields. I don't recall any time being lost because of snow. The difference between then and now is litigation. If a child fell over because of ice or snow they were told to stop whingeing and be more careful. Now the parents would sue anyone and everyone. huckit P
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10:51am Mon 21 Jan 13

sparkster says...

Exactly huckit P It was about 2 miles from my infant school and mum and I would walk through the fields, it may well have been what helped me to keep well and free from colds, mum and I were well wrapped up, i loved it
Exactly huckit P It was about 2 miles from my infant school and mum and I would walk through the fields, it may well have been what helped me to keep well and free from colds, mum and I were well wrapped up, i loved it sparkster
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2:25pm Mon 21 Jan 13

sandjd says...

huckit P wrote:
Comments regarding school attendance years ago being unaffected by snow - I also remember walking to school in willies and then changing for lessons. As we lived in the country it was almost 2 miles by road or just over a mile across the fields. I don't recall any time being lost because of snow. The difference between then and now is litigation. If a child fell over because of ice or snow they were told to stop whingeing and be more careful. Now the parents would sue anyone and everyone.
tee hee - you made me laugh at the image - walking to school in willies!! And I agree re. your comment on litigation - thatis one of the major factors that headteachers and governors are considering under these circumstances. In the 70's i fell over in the school playground in the snow and the thought of suing just wasn't even in parents vocabulary!!
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Comments regarding school attendance years ago being unaffected by snow - I also remember walking to school in willies and then changing for lessons. As we lived in the country it was almost 2 miles by road or just over a mile across the fields. I don't recall any time being lost because of snow. The difference between then and now is litigation. If a child fell over because of ice or snow they were told to stop whingeing and be more careful. Now the parents would sue anyone and everyone.[/p][/quote]tee hee - you made me laugh at the image - walking to school in willies!! And I agree re. your comment on litigation - thatis one of the major factors that headteachers and governors are considering under these circumstances. In the 70's i fell over in the school playground in the snow and the thought of suing just wasn't even in parents vocabulary!! sandjd
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2:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

sandjd says...

sandjd wrote:
GoonerEIE wrote:
S Pance wrote: People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?
Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!!
Ha you say teachers are lazy, bone idle, overpaid, underworked so-and-so's - well 1. whilst you were typing that comment I was marking (spent all day marking 30 writing assessments!) 2. many (if not all) staff I know are included in the comment 'most schools are making the site safe' - yes highly qualified teacher's shovelling snow!! 3. teacher's are the people who enabled you to do the job you do 4. how many people do you know work from 7:30 am until 11 pm on a regular basis and spend many hours over the weekend? For every 1 hour in the classroom good teachers will have spent another 1 hour (or more) in preparation and then another 1 hour (or more) on marking, assessment, tracking, report writing etc - at least. Until you have worked in a classroom spare the arrogant assumptions. Just because your experience of school is only based on what you saw not on the hours worked that you didn't see don't think you know 1 bean of what you are talking about!!
the other thing to note is that most of the schools are actually opening but just a later start - to enable staff to make the site safe. Sensible idea as that also then staggers the traffic and prevents everyone being on the roads at the same time. Teachers can arrive at normal time of 7:30, office workers between 8 and 9 and then the parents taking their kids. Should help ease the rush hour!!
[quote][p][bold]sandjd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GoonerEIE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: People fail to realise why schools don't open during snowy weather. A school has a certain pupil to teacher ratio; if there are too few teachers then the school can't legally accomodate all the pupils. This is a simple matter of law. When I was little most teachers lived within walking distance of the school; thus schools would tend to be open. These days it's not uncommon for a teacher to live 20, sometimes 30 miles away. As such, the conditions around the school might not be too bad, but the school is unable to open as they legally don't have the staff cover. Hope this makes sense and explains why schools have to close?[/p][/quote]Are you serious? On Friday I drove Totton-Bursledon, Bursledon-Bitterne & Bitterne-Totton for work without a problem. Teachers, lazy bone idle overpaid underworked so & so's!![/p][/quote]Ha you say teachers are lazy, bone idle, overpaid, underworked so-and-so's - well 1. whilst you were typing that comment I was marking (spent all day marking 30 writing assessments!) 2. many (if not all) staff I know are included in the comment 'most schools are making the site safe' - yes highly qualified teacher's shovelling snow!! 3. teacher's are the people who enabled you to do the job you do 4. how many people do you know work from 7:30 am until 11 pm on a regular basis and spend many hours over the weekend? For every 1 hour in the classroom good teachers will have spent another 1 hour (or more) in preparation and then another 1 hour (or more) on marking, assessment, tracking, report writing etc - at least. Until you have worked in a classroom spare the arrogant assumptions. Just because your experience of school is only based on what you saw not on the hours worked that you didn't see don't think you know 1 bean of what you are talking about!![/p][/quote]the other thing to note is that most of the schools are actually opening but just a later start - to enable staff to make the site safe. Sensible idea as that also then staggers the traffic and prevents everyone being on the roads at the same time. Teachers can arrive at normal time of 7:30, office workers between 8 and 9 and then the parents taking their kids. Should help ease the rush hour!! sandjd
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3:11pm Mon 21 Jan 13

sparkster says...

Yes exactly, i had to smile when i thought of HuckitP going to school wearing willies, brightened up an otherwide dull monday. Good point re abobe ie teachers getting in at 7-30 and office workers at 8, good thinking
Yes exactly, i had to smile when i thought of HuckitP going to school wearing willies, brightened up an otherwide dull monday. Good point re abobe ie teachers getting in at 7-30 and office workers at 8, good thinking sparkster
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