January 22, 2013: Live weather updates, travel news and school closures

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Andrew Douglas took this picture in the hills above Askrigg

Darlington and Stockton Times:

 

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ROADS CLOSED: COUNTY DURHAM

  • B6278  Eggleston to Stanhope at Shaftwellhead
  • C20 Crawleyside to Baybridge
  • C21 Rookhope to Allenheads
  • C28 Swinhope
  • C77 & C78 Rookhope to Westgate & Ireshopeburn
  • Unc Intake Bank, Frosterley
  • Unc Burnhope Reservoir
  • Unc Packlets Road, Rookhope

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SCHOOL LEAK: The Phoenix Centre, near Darlington, has sent home Key Stage 4 children due to a leaking roof in one of the main corridors. The centre remains open for KS3 children.

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Charlotte Battersby sent in this picture of her snowman in Brompton on Swale

Darlington and Stockton Times:

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More details from the Durham County Council website on why schools in their area have closed:

All Saints Catholic VA Primary School (3413)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: The school site is unsafe as exits blocked by snow. We are aiming to clear the grounds to reopen on Wednesday 23rd January.

Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Snow making it unsafe for pupils,parents and staff

Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Closed due to continuing severe weather forecast for Tuesday and health & safety - snow will need to be cleared to gain entry safely.

Beamish Primary School (2205)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Heavy snow making access to school dangerous. More forecast for tomorrow.

Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Difficulties accessing site and forecast of further snow.

Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School (2498)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Access to the school is very challenging through the estate. For the safety of children and staff, I have made the very tough decision to close the school. We will try to open tomorrow.

Belmont Community School (4185)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Due to Health and Safety on the site school will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Continued large amounts of snow in and around site

Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: School needs to be made accessible and safe for pupils and staff

Blessed John Duckett RCVA Primary School (3511)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Adverse weather conditions..no access to school site.

Bloemfontein Primary School (2233)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Site inaccessible to staff and children - clearing today to make it safe for all tomorrow.

Bowburn Infant and Nursery School (2389)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Inclement weather

Bowburn Junior School (2388)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Dangerous weather conditions and forecast of heavy snow this morning.

Bowes Hutchinson's CofE (Aided) School (3303)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Continuous heavy snow making school site inaccessible and health and safety hazard for staff and children

Burnopfield Primary School (2234)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Heavy snow has made site inaccessible and unsafe for children, staff and parents.

Burnside Primary School (2232)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Snow and a hazardous access road. We hope to arrange a snow plough to clear the road so that we can open tomorrow.

Cassop Primary School (2362)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: As the adverse weather conditions continue with more snow forecast for our area we have made the difficult decision to remain closed. Hopefully we will reopen tomorrow.

Castleside Primary School (2266)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Continuing snow and hazardous conditions.

Catchgate Primary School (2210)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Further inclement weather and no vehicle access to school.

Collierley Primary School (2208)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Closed to due bad weather, reopening Wednesday 23rd January.

Consett Academy (4001)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Due to inclement weather Consett Academy is closed today for all students except for Yr 11 who are taking GCSE Science exam this morning.

Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: snow making access to site hazardous

Consett Junior School (2277)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Difficulties accessing site and forecast of further snow.

Cotherstone Primary School (2185)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Heavy snow falling on icy roads, staff unable to travel, further heavy snow showers forecast.

Crook Nursery School (1032)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Heating has failed and can't be repaired until Tuesday, at the earliest.

Crook Primary School (2308)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Snow extreme conditions.

Deaf Hill Primary School (2516)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Dangerous conditions in and around school grounds due to snow and ice

Delves Lane Infant School (2275)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Site inaccessible due to heavy snow

Delves Lane Junior School (2272)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Site inaccessible due to heavy snow

Durham Community Business College (4192)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Inclement weather

Durham Gilesgate Sports College + 6th Form Centre (4191)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Inclement weather. Open for A Level exams

East Stanley School (2217)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: School to remain closed due to further heavy snow fall. Dangerous conditions for children, parents and staff.

Ebchester CofE Primary School (3063)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Snow and hazardous access road. Hope to re-open tomorrow.

Edmondsley Primary School (2105)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Further heavy snow forecast throughout the day.

Elemore Hall School (7006)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Reaching the school is dangerous due to snow and ice build up on the access road and drive. We hope to arrange a snow plough and gritter to clear the road on tuesday so that we can re-open on Wednesday.

Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School (3406)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Heavy accumulations of snow and access problems.

Evergreen School (7034)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Severe snow -unsafe for buses/taxis to bring pupils in.Icy road conditions.

Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: extreme westher conditions. Staff unable to get in.

Fyndoune Community College (4052)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Inclement weather

Greenland Community Primary School (3526)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: School to remain closed due to continued heavy snow fall. Dangerous conditions accessing school for children, parents and staff.

Hartside Primary School (2310)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Access to school grounds unsafe due to heavy snowfall.

Howden-le-Wear Primary School (2318)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Conditions in school and surrounding area are unsafe for children and staff.

Kelloe Primary School (2374)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Severe weather conditions

Kirk Merrington Primary School (2361)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Weather Conditions and Healthy & Safety

Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School (3213)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: School closed due to dangerous site conditions. Clearing site and snow today in preparation for re-opening tomorrow.

Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Further heavy snow forecast around midday. Deep snow in surrounding area hampering access. School closed in the interests of health and safety.Will try to ensure safe access on Wednesday 23rd.

Leadgate Junior School (2259)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: severe snow fall, more expected, hazardous access conditions

Moorside Primary School (2276)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Due to heavy drifting snow blocking the site and dangerous road conditions in Consett.

New Brancepeth Primary School (2453)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: School site unsafe due to significant accumulations of snow. Contractors unable to attempt clearance until later in the day.

North Park Primary School (2003)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Suspected gas leak and subsequent closing down of heating for health and safety reasons.

Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Deep snow throughout area. Assess situation surrounding school on Tuesday and try to ensure safe access on Wednesday 23rd.

Oxhill Nursery School (1014)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Snow blocking site dangerous conditions

Peases West Primary School (2311)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Unsafe access to site for children, parents, staff and vehicles.

Prince Bishop's Community Primary School (3516)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Continued poor weather causing a health and safety risk.

Red Rose Primary School (2125)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Red Rose Primary School is closed as access to the building is dangerous. Mrs Bainbridge

Rookhope Primary School (2321)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Extreme weather conditions. Staff unable to come in because it would dangerous for them to travel. 2 feet snow drifts.

Sacriston Junior School (2122)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Snow

Sacriston Nursery and Infant School (2123)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Severe Weather Conditions

Shield Row Primary School (2730)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Further heavy snow has made site dangerous for children, parents and staff.

Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Snow.

Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Due to continuing snow and dangerous road conditions together with a forcast of more snow and freezing to come overnight we will be closed tomorrow (Tues 22nd) in the interests of safety.

South Stanley Infant School (2225)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Severe weather conditions - limited access to site.

South Stanley Junior School (2226)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: heavy snow has made site inaccessible and unsafe for parents, pupils and staff.

St Andrews Primary School (2705)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Continued poor weather causing a health and safety risk.

St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: School closed due to snow and Scholars buses not running. Exams still running for those students who can make it.

St Francis CofE Aided Junior School (3472)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: St Francis' will close all day today due to the inclement weather (heavy snow falls) This is to maintain the safety of all parents,pupils and members of staff .School will repoen on Wednesday morning

St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Stanley (3381)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Heavy snow - more expected throughout the day. School will remain closed on Tuesday due to continuing bad weather.

St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Barnard Castle (3461)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Continued snow and icy conditions - staff all travel

St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: School closed as site inaccessible and unsafe for pupils, parents and staff due to heavy snow and access roads leading to school not passable.

St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Southmoor (3384)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Severe weather - unsafe access to site.

St Michael's C of E (Aided) Primary School, Bishop Middleham (3441)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Site is unsafe.

St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Access to the school is unsafe

St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Dipton (3382)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Access to school unsafe.

St Pius X RCVA Primary School (3403)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Weather conditions

St William's RCVA Primary School (3442)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Ice and snow causing access difficulties and dangerous conditions for school transport

Sunnybrow Primary School (2316)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Snow making travelling difficult and more forecast today

The Meadows (7000)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Weather conditions deteriorated as indicated by weather reports and information from areas within durham and beyond

The Oaks Secondary School (7033)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Closed due to inclement weather.

Thornley Primary School (2523)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Hazardous conditions on access road and school car park with forecast of more snow today.

Tow Law Millennium Primary School (2307)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Severe weather conditions

Trimdon Junior School (2398)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Unsafe access for pupils and transport.

Villa Real School (7028)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: extreme weather

West Pelton Primary School (2114)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Due to several staff being unable to reach work, severe road conditions going to school and continued snow forecast today the school will be closed today.

Wheatley Hill Community Primary School (2526)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: dangerous conditions around the school.

Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College (4154)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: On site access - Health and Safety

Witton-le-Wear Primary School (2328)
The school will close on Monday, 21 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Conditions in and around village still not safe for parents and children to travel or access school.

Woodland Primary School (2428)
The school will close on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (All day) and re-open on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 (Morning).
Reason for closure: Health and Safety. School needs to be made accessible and safe for pupils,parents and staff.

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ARRIVA BUS UPDATES: For more Arriva bus service updates, check their website here: http://highload.arrivabus.co.uk/Region/Northeast

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Idontknowaboutyoubut says

Concerned about health & safety?What nonsense!Yesterday there were kids running around everywhere,pullind sledges,pelting passing cars and windows with snow balls,and all without the supervision of a responsible adult,( mind you,you would struggle to find one of those round here)
No,the bottom line is concern about being sued by grasping parents,who in the event of injury to offspring call a lawyer before they dial 999.Time to legislate against such claims being made against schools and teachers(AND MAKE THE KIDS GO TO SCHOOL)

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Motorhome owner says

Acklam Grange School has no heating or hot water?
The place has only been open 5 minutes and is supposed to be state of the art.
Yet more rubbish Middlesbrough Council is foisting on us?

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8:58am Tue 22 Jan 13

Magic Steve says

Newdayrising79 wrote:
It makes me very disappointed and angry to read some of the comments posted disparaging teachers and schools for closures. Surely if we have learnt anything about health and safety we need to look after the welfare of both pupils and teachers who often have to travel from remote places where road access may not be available.

We should take these different factors into account before pointing the finger of blame at people. I am very grateful to the Northern Echo for keeping people up to date with conditions and transport today. You're doing a great job.
People are just mad because as soon as there is a light covering of snow Schools start to close down, and yes Teachers love it! If we take your concerns about health & safety should we not take the Emergency Services off the road while the snow is on the ground?????? of course we shouldn't. Village schools which accomodate only pupils from within that village has no reason at all to close down apart from giving the Teachers another day off!

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8:26am Tue 22 Jan 13

glyn says

If individual pupils cannot get in from remote villages their parents should explain this to the school and then if need be make arrangements to look after their children whether this is by the child's parents, neighbours or friends. Why should the majority be inconvenienced by the few?

I will tell you why.

Look on the social network and teachers are leaving comments cheering and laughing because they have the day (days) off.

This is just an excuse for a day off shopping or in the pub.

Please look before you reply deriding this comment.

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7:32am Tue 22 Jan 13

Newdayrising79 says

It makes me very disappointed and angry to read some of the comments posted disparaging teachers and schools for closures. Surely if we have learnt anything about health and safety we need to look after the welfare of both pupils and teachers who often have to travel from remote places where road access may not be available.

We should take these different factors into account before pointing the finger of blame at people. I am very grateful to the Northern Echo for keeping people up to date with conditions and transport today. You're doing a great job.

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Major delays on some of the region's main roads this morning. Arriva say: "All services travelling towards Middlesbrough are suffering massive delays. The A66, A19 and the Wilderness Road are gridlocked, we are aware of a lane close at the Hartington Interchange. Please expect severe delays."

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Newcastle Airport says some disruption to flights is possible, but passengers are advised to travel to the airport as normal.

Leeds Bradford Airport is open, but the weather is causing some disruption to flight schedules.

"We recommend you contact your airline or tour operator and check the status of your flight before arriving at the airport," said a spokesman.

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Another update from North Yorkshire County Council on school closures:

•Carnagill CP School
•Egton CE Primary School
•Foremost School
•Fylingdales CE VC Primary School
•Goathland Primary School
•Ingleby Greenhow Primary School
•Lythe CE VC Primary School
•Ruswarp CE VC Primary School
•Spennithorne CE Primary School
•St Heddas RC Primary School
•Weaverthorpe CE VC Primary School

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Latest information on disruption to bus services from Arriva:

  • Robin Hoods Bay X93, 93, Buses staying on the main roads
  • Ellerby, Ruswick Bay 5 Buses staying on the main roads
  • York Hill Estate 8 Service 8 omitting York Hill Estate
  • Cramlington 57 Omitting Nelson Village
  • Thropton, Rothbury 14 Buses Terminating at Longframlington
  • Shilbottle X15 Omitting Shilbottle on the advice from the Police
  • Shilbottle,Newton on the Moor, Swarland X65 ( College Students ) Council Contract
  • Kirkly Hall  100 Kirkly Hall College closed. Service 100 Terminating at the Airport
  • Bardon Mill 685 RTA on the A69 West Bound causing Delays on the 685
  • Eshwinning 43 Service omitting Riddings road
  • Urshaw College U1 Service removed due to safety reasons. Buses unable to service entrance and grounds due to abandoned cars
  • Sleights, North Yorkshire 95 Bus terminating at Ruswarp, Can't get through to Sleights due to road conditions.

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Durham County Council say that due to the weather the following Household Waste Recycling Centres have been temporarily closed

  • Annfield Plain
  • Broomsdene
  • Tudhoe
  • Coxhoe

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The latest advice to drivers from the Highways Agency: "Road users in the North-East are being advised to check the latest weather forecast and road conditions before they travel today, due to the forecast of further snow.

"Road users are advised to take extra care when travelling due to the increased risk of adverse driving conditions.

"Drivers are also advised to plan their journey before they set out, to check the forecast and road conditions, to leave extra time if travel conditions are poor and to consider delaying their journey if the weather becomes severe."

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And here's the latest list of closed schools from North Yorkshire:

•Carnagill CP School
•Egton CE Primary School
•Foremost School
•Fylingdales CE VC Primary School
•Ingleby Greenhow Primary School
•Lythe CE VC Primary School
•Ruswarp CE VC Primary School
•Spennithorne CE Primary School
•St Heddas RC Primary School

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Another update from Durham County Council on school closures:

All Saints Catholic VA Primary School (3413)
Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)

Beamish Primary School (2205)
Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School (2498) 
Belmont Community School (4185)
Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
Blessed John Duckett RCVA Primary School (3511) 
Bloemfontein Primary School (2233)
Bowburn Infant and Nursery School (2389)
Bowburn Junior School (2388)
Bowes Hutchinson's CofE (Aided) School (3303)
Burnopfield Primary School (2234)
Burnside Primary School (2232)

Cassop Primary School (2362)
Castleside Primary School (2266)
Catchgate Primary School (2210)
Cotherstone Primary School (2185)
Collierley Primary School (2208)
Consett Academy (4001) - due to inclement weather Consett Academy is closed today for all students except for Year 11 who are taking GCSE Science exam this morning.
Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
Consett Junior School (2277)
Crook Nursery School (1032)
Crook Primary School (2308)

Deaf Hill Primary School (2516)
Delves Lane Infant School (2275)
Delves Lane Junior School (2272)
Durham Community Business College (4192)
Durham Gilesgate Sports College + 6th Form Centre (4191) - open for A-Level exams

East Stanley School (2217)
Ebchester CofE Primary School (3063)
Edmondsley Primary School (2105) 
Elemore Hall School (7006)
Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School (3406)
Evergreen School (7034)

Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)
Fyndoune Community College (4052)

Greenland Community Primary School (3526)

Hartside Primary School (2310)
Howden-le-Wear Primary School (2318)

Kelloe Primary School (2374)
Kirk Merrington Primary School (2361)

Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School (3213)
Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
Leadgate Junior School (2259)

Moorside Primary School (2276)

New Brancepeth Primary School (2453)

Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
Oxhill Nursery School (1014)

Peases West Primary School (2311)
Prince Bishop's Community Primary School (3516)

Red Rose Primary School (2125)
Rookhope Primary School (2321)

Sacriston Junior School (2122)
Sacriston Nursery and Infant School (2123)
Shield Row Primary School (2730)
Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
South Stanley Infant School (2225)
South Stanley Junior School (2226)
St Andrews Primary School (2705)
St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
St Francis CofE Aided Junior School (3472)
St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Stanley (3381)
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Barnard Castle (3461)
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401) 
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Southmoor (3384)
St Michael's C of E (Aided) Primary School, Bishop Middleham (3441)
St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Dipton (3382)
St Pius X RCVA Primary School (3403)
St William's RCVA Primary School (3442)
Sunnybrow Primary School (2316)

The Meadows (7000)
The Oaks Secondary School (7033)
Thornley Primary School (2523)
Tow Law Millennium Primary School (2307)
Trimdon Junior School (2398)

Villa Real School (7028)

West Pelton Primary School (2114)
Wheatley Hill Community Primary School (2526)
Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College (4154)
Witton-le-Wear Primary School (2328)
Woodland Primary School (2428)

8:48am

Great story here today about a footballer so desperate to face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup at the weekend he has been helping to shovel snow off the pitch.

8:44am

According to Durham Police, the A66 is now open in both directions. "There are no other significant problems on the main routes in County Durham and Darlington," said a spokesman. "Please contine to moderate your driving to the prevailing conditions."

8:42am

8:36am

8:34am

8:31am

8:25am

An updated list of school closures in County Durham:

All Saints Catholic VA Primary School (3413)
Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)

Beamish Primary School (2205)
Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School (2498) 
Belmont Community School (4185)
Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
Bloemfontein Primary School (2233)
Bowburn Infant and Nursery School (2389)
Bowburn Junior School (2388)
Bowes Hutchinson's CofE (Aided) School (3303)
Burnopfield Primary School (2234)
Burnside Primary School (2232)

Cassop Primary School (2362)
Castleside Primary School (2266)
Catchgate Primary School (2210)
Cotherstone Primary School (2185)
Collierley Primary School (2208)
Consett Academy (4001) - due to inclement weather Consett Academy is closed today for all students except for Year 11 who are taking GCSE Science exam this morning.
Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
Consett Junior School (2277)
Crook Nursery School (1032)
Crook Primary School (2308)

Deaf Hill Primary School (2516)
Delves Lane Infant School (2275)
Delves Lane Junior School (2272)

East Stanley School (2217)
Ebchester CofE Primary School (3063)
Edmondsley Primary School (2105) 
Elemore Hall School (7006)
Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School (3406)
Evergreen School (7034)

Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)

Greenland Community Primary School (3526)

Hartside Primary School (2310)
Howden-le-Wear Primary School (2318)

Kelloe Primary School (2374)
Kirk Merrington Primary School (2361)

Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School (3213)
Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
Leadgate Junior School (2259)

Moorside Primary School (2276)

Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
Oxhill Nursery School (1014)

Peases West Primary School (2311)

Red Rose Primary School (2125)
Rookhope Primary School (2321)

Sacriston Junior School (2122)
Shield Row Primary School (2730)
Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
South Stanley Infant School (2225)
South Stanley Junior School (2226)
St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
St Francis CofE Aided Junior School (3472)
St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Stanley (3381)
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Barnard Castle (3461)
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401) 
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Southmoor (3384)
St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Dipton (3382)
St Pius X RCVA Primary School (3403)
St William's RCVA Primary School (3442)
Sunnybrow Primary School (2316)

The Meadows (7000)
The Oaks Secondary School (7033)
Thornley Primary School (2523)
Tow Law Millennium Primary School (2307)
Trimdon Junior School (2398)

Villa Real School (7028)

West Pelton Primary School (2114)
Wheatley Hill Community Primary School (2526)
Witton-le-Wear Primary School (2328)

8:23am

And here's a school closure update from North Yorkshire:

•Egton CE Primary School
•Foremost School
•Fylingdales CE VC Primary School
•Ingleby Greenhow Primary School
•Lythe CE VC Primary School
•Ruswarp CE VC Primary School
•Spennithorne CE Primary School
•St Heddas RC Primary School

8:22am

Latest school information from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council:

Primary Schools
•Caedmon Primary School - School opening at 10am
•Chaloner Primary School - Nursery will be closed, school will open at 10am
•Highcliffe Primary School - Nursery will be closed all day, school will open at 9:30am
•Lingdale Primary School - Nursery will be closed, school will open at 10.30am

Secondary Schools
•Freebrough Academy - Closed
•Huntcliff School - will be open at 9:30am for students
•Sacred Heart RC School - A Specialist Science College - closed,except for Year 11 students with Science exam

Special Schools
•KTS Academy - closed

8:20am

8:13am

8:12am

8:12am

8:10am

An updated list of school closures in North Yorkshire:

•St Augustine's RC School, Scarborough - open for exams only
•Spennithorne CE Primary School
•Ruswarp CE VC Primary School
•Fylingdales CE VC Primary School
•Lythe CE VC Primary School
•St Heddas RC Primary School

8:01am

8:00am

7:58am

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the North-East and North Yorkshire due to the continuing cold snap.

For the North-East it says: "Further significant falls of snow across Northumberland, especially the Cheviot Hills this morning, gradually becoming lighter this afternoon.

"Elsewhere occasional mainly light snow slowly dying away, leaving sleet along the coast where temperatures struggle just above freezing. Bitter wind everywhere. Maximum Temperature 1 °C."

In North Yorkshire the forecast is: "Outbreaks of snow, mostly across the North York Moors, where further significant accumulations are likely this morning.

"This afternoon the snow will become lighter and more patchy.

"Elsewhere isolated flurries of snow, perhaps limited bright intervals. Very cold everywhere. Maximum Temperature 1 °C."

7:48am

An updated list of school closures in County Durham is now available:

Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)

Beamish Primary School (2205)
Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School (2498) 
Belmont Community School (4185)
Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
Bloemfontein Primary School (2233)
Bowburn Infant and Nursery School (2389)
Bowburn Junior School (2388)
Bowes Hutchinson's CofE (Aided) School (3303)
Burnopfield Primary School (2234)
Burnside Primary School (2232)

Cassop Primary School (2362)
Castleside Primary School (2266)
Catchgate Primary School (2210)
Cotherstone Primary School (2185)
Collierley Primary School (2208)
Consett Academy (4001) - due to inclement weather Consett Academy is closed today for all students except for Year 11 who are taking GCSE Science exam this morning.
Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
Consett Junior School (2277)
Crook Nursery School (1032)
Crook Primary School (2308)

Deaf Hill Primary School (2516)
Delves Lane Infant School (2275)
Delves Lane Junior School (2272)

East Stanley School (2217)
Ebchester CofE Primary School (3063)
Edmondsley Primary School (2105) 
Elemore Hall School (7006)
Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School (3406)
Evergreen School (7034)

Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)

Greenland Community Primary School (3526)

Hartside Primary School (2310)

Kelloe Primary School (2374)

Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School (3213)
Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
Leadgate Junior School (2259)

Moorside Primary School (2276)

Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
Oxhill Nursery School (1014)

Peases West Primary School (2311)

Red Rose Primary School (2125)
Rookhope Primary School (2321)

Shield Row Primary School (2730)
Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
South Stanley Infant School (2225)
South Stanley Junior School (2226)
St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
St Francis CofE Aided Junior School (3472)
St Joseph's RCVA Primary School, Stanley (3381)
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Barnard Castle (3461)
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401) 
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Southmoor (3384)
St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Dipton (3382)
St Pius X RCVA Primary School (3403)
St William's RCVA Primary School (3442)
Sunnybrow Primary School (2316)

The Meadows (7000)
Thornley Primary School (2523)
Tow Law Millennium Primary School (2307)

Villa Real School (7028)

West Pelton Primary School (2114)
Wheatley Hill Community Primary School (2526)
Witton-le-Wear Primary School (2328)

7:47am

Durham County Council say the following roads are closed due to heavy snow:

B6278  Eggleston to Stanhope at Shaftwellhead
B6278 Stanhope to Edmundbyers at Crawleyside.
B6277 Harwood to County Boundary
B6276 Middleton-in-Teesdale to County Boundary closed at Lunedale
B6295 Cowshill to Allenheads
C16 Crawleyside to Castleside
C21 Rookhope to Allenheads
C77 & C78 Rookhope to Westgate & Ireshopeburn
Unc 16.2 Rookhope to Blanchland
Unc Intake Bank, Frosterley

7:44am

7:41am

7:40am

The A169 remains closes between Pickering and Whitby, North Yorkshire.

7:37am

If you're not rushing off to work or school, you can view the best snow photographs from across the region here.

7:33am

7:32am Tue 22 Jan 13

Newdayrising79 says

It makes me very disappointed and angry to read some of the comments posted disparaging teachers and schools for closures. Surely if we have learnt anything about health and safety we need to look after the welfare of both pupils and teachers who often have to travel from remote places where road access may not be available.

We should take these different factors into account before pointing the finger of blame at people. I am very grateful to the Northern Echo for keeping people up to date with conditions and transport today. You're doing a great job.

7:33am

7:32am

On the roads, the A66 remains closed due to snow between Brough and Bowes. There are also hazardous conditions on the A66 near Darlington because of snow overnight.

7:30am

7:24am

Middlesbrough Council say it has one school closure to report so far - Acklam Grange School, which has no heating or hot water. The school is closed to all years except Year 11 students who have a science exam. Only these students should be in school at 8.30am and will leave immediately after they have sat the exam.

7:21am

7:21am

Schools closed today in Redcar and Cleveland:

Primary Schools

Chaloner Primary School - Nursery will be closed, school will open at 10am
Highcliffe Primary School - Nursery will be closed all day, school will open at 9:30am
Lingdale Primary School - Nursery will be closed, school will open at 10.30am

Secondary Schools

Freebrough Academy - Closed
Huntcliff School - will be open at 9:30am for students
Sacred Heart RC School - A Specialist Science College - closed, except for Year 11 students with Science exam

Special Schools

KTS Academy - closed

7:19am

Darlington Council say all the schools in the borough are open at the moment.

7:14am

North Yorkshire County Council are saying that it only has one school closed so far - St Augustine's RC School, Scarborough is open for exams only. More updates from North Yorkshire when we get them.

7:08am

Schools closed today in County Durham:

Annfield Plain Infant School (2213)
Annfield Plain Junior School (2212)

Beamish Primary School (2205)
Beechdale Nursery School (1033)
Belmont Community School (4185)
Benfieldside Primary School (2749)
Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School (3411)
Bowburn Infant and Nursery School (2389)
Bowburn Junior School (2388)
Burnopfield Primary School (2234)

Castleside Primary School (2266)
Catchgate Primary School (2210)
Collierley Primary School (2208)
Consett Academy (4001) - Due to inclement weather Consett Academy is closed today for all students except for Yr 11 who are taking GCSE Science exam this morning.
Consett Infant School and Nursery Unit (2278)
Consett Junior School (2277)
Crook Nursery School (1032)
Crook Primary School (2308)

Deaf Hill Primary School (2516)
Delves Lane Infant School (2275)
Delves Lane Junior School (2272)

East Stanley School (2217)
Elemore Hall School (7006)
Evergreen School (7034)

Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School (2410)

Greenland Community Primary School (3526)

Leadgate Infant and Nursery School (2260)
Leadgate Junior School (2259)

Moorside Primary School (2276)

Our Lady and St Joseph's RCVA Primary School (3409)
Oxhill Nursery School (1014)

Rookhope Primary School (2321)

Shotley Bridge Infants' School (2257)
Shotley Bridge Junior School (2254)
St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester (4694)
St Joseph's RCVA Primary School
St Mary's RCVA Primary School, Consett (3401) 
St Michael's RCVA Primary School, Esh (3407)
St Patrick's RCVA Primary School, Dipton (3382)
Stanley (3381)

Villa Real School (7028)

7:07am

Morning all. We will be blogging all day to let you know the latest information on travel and schools around the region.

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7:32am Tue 22 Jan 13

Newdayrising79 says...

It makes me very disappointed and angry to read some of the comments posted disparaging teachers and schools for closures. Surely if we have learnt anything about health and safety we need to look after the welfare of both pupils and teachers who often have to travel from remote places where road access may not be available.

We should take these different factors into account before pointing the finger of blame at people. I am very grateful to the Northern Echo for keeping people up to date with conditions and transport today. You're doing a great job.
It makes me very disappointed and angry to read some of the comments posted disparaging teachers and schools for closures. Surely if we have learnt anything about health and safety we need to look after the welfare of both pupils and teachers who often have to travel from remote places where road access may not be available. We should take these different factors into account before pointing the finger of blame at people. I am very grateful to the Northern Echo for keeping people up to date with conditions and transport today. You're doing a great job. Newdayrising79

8:26am Tue 22 Jan 13

glyn says...

If individual pupils cannot get in from remote villages their parents should explain this to the school and then if need be make arrangements to look after their children whether this is by the child's parents, neighbours or friends. Why should the majority be inconvenienced by the few?

I will tell you why.

Look on the social network and teachers are leaving comments cheering and laughing because they have the day (days) off.

This is just an excuse for a day off shopping or in the pub.

Please look before you reply deriding this comment.
If individual pupils cannot get in from remote villages their parents should explain this to the school and then if need be make arrangements to look after their children whether this is by the child's parents, neighbours or friends. Why should the majority be inconvenienced by the few? I will tell you why. Look on the social network and teachers are leaving comments cheering and laughing because they have the day (days) off. This is just an excuse for a day off shopping or in the pub. Please look before you reply deriding this comment. glyn

8:58am Tue 22 Jan 13

Magic Steve says...

Newdayrising79 wrote:
It makes me very disappointed and angry to read some of the comments posted disparaging teachers and schools for closures. Surely if we have learnt anything about health and safety we need to look after the welfare of both pupils and teachers who often have to travel from remote places where road access may not be available.

We should take these different factors into account before pointing the finger of blame at people. I am very grateful to the Northern Echo for keeping people up to date with conditions and transport today. You're doing a great job.
People are just mad because as soon as there is a light covering of snow Schools start to close down, and yes Teachers love it! If we take your concerns about health & safety should we not take the Emergency Services off the road while the snow is on the ground?????? of course we shouldn't. Village schools which accomodate only pupils from within that village has no reason at all to close down apart from giving the Teachers another day off!
[quote][p][bold]Newdayrising79[/bold] wrote: It makes me very disappointed and angry to read some of the comments posted disparaging teachers and schools for closures. Surely if we have learnt anything about health and safety we need to look after the welfare of both pupils and teachers who often have to travel from remote places where road access may not be available. We should take these different factors into account before pointing the finger of blame at people. I am very grateful to the Northern Echo for keeping people up to date with conditions and transport today. You're doing a great job.[/p][/quote]People are just mad because as soon as there is a light covering of snow Schools start to close down, and yes Teachers love it! If we take your concerns about health & safety should we not take the Emergency Services off the road while the snow is on the ground?????? of course we shouldn't. Village schools which accomodate only pupils from within that village has no reason at all to close down apart from giving the Teachers another day off! Magic Steve

9:01am Tue 22 Jan 13

Motorhome owner says...

Acklam Grange School has no heating or hot water?
The place has only been open 5 minutes and is supposed to be state of the art.
Yet more rubbish Middlesbrough Council is foisting on us?
Acklam Grange School has no heating or hot water? The place has only been open 5 minutes and is supposed to be state of the art. Yet more rubbish Middlesbrough Council is foisting on us? Motorhome owner

9:40am Tue 22 Jan 13

Idontknowaboutyoubut says...

Concerned about health & safety?What nonsense!Yesterday there were kids running around everywhere,pullind sledges,pelting passing cars and windows with snow balls,and all without the supervision of a responsible adult,( mind you,you would struggle to find one of those round here)
No,the bottom line is concern about being sued by grasping parents,who in the event of injury to offspring call a lawyer before they dial 999.Time to legislate against such claims being made against schools and teachers(AND MAKE THE KIDS GO TO SCHOOL)
Concerned about health & safety?What nonsense!Yesterday there were kids running around everywhere,pullind sledges,pelting passing cars and windows with snow balls,and all without the supervision of a responsible adult,( mind you,you would struggle to find one of those round here) No,the bottom line is concern about being sued by grasping parents,who in the event of injury to offspring call a lawyer before they dial 999.Time to legislate against such claims being made against schools and teachers(AND MAKE THE KIDS GO TO SCHOOL) Idontknowaboutyoubut

10:47am Tue 22 Jan 13

sarahd says...

I've got to admit that I do have a rant about teachers and snow days because it seems that everyone else seems to manage to get to work in the snow, even those living in remote areas, including myself.

However, when a head decides to close the school it is for a good reason and they do not take the decision lightly. Its not due to the health and safety issues of the snow, it's due to the fact the there are not enough teachers to look after all of the children safely.

I will say it again though, how come every other person (minus a small few) manage to get to work? The answer probably being that they will not get paid and when it comes to the companies laying people off, they will be at the top of the list. I think teachers do know it's an easy excuse. Fair play though, all of teachers at my sons school were in today and all of the other schools in Darlington managed to stay open today. I thought a few would have been closed. Good on you teachers who didn't take it as an easy day off.
I've got to admit that I do have a rant about teachers and snow days because it seems that everyone else seems to manage to get to work in the snow, even those living in remote areas, including myself. However, when a head decides to close the school it is for a good reason and they do not take the decision lightly. Its not due to the health and safety issues of the snow, it's due to the fact the there are not enough teachers to look after all of the children safely. I will say it again though, how come every other person (minus a small few) manage to get to work? The answer probably being that they will not get paid and when it comes to the companies laying people off, they will be at the top of the list. I think teachers do know it's an easy excuse. Fair play though, all of teachers at my sons school were in today and all of the other schools in Darlington managed to stay open today. I thought a few would have been closed. Good on you teachers who didn't take it as an easy day off. sarahd

11:10am Tue 22 Jan 13

crash33 says...

I agree that every effort must be made to open schools and it seems that even a small amount of snow causes schools to close. This causes problems for parents finding someone to mind their children or take time from work without pay, which they can ill afford. Perhaps, teachers would make more effort to open schools if they didn't get paid or maybe have to open schools during holidays to compensate for lost days. Emergency service workers tend to get to work in bad weather. However, I also believe that grasping legal profession need to stop this no win, no fee scandal.
I agree that every effort must be made to open schools and it seems that even a small amount of snow causes schools to close. This causes problems for parents finding someone to mind their children or take time from work without pay, which they can ill afford. Perhaps, teachers would make more effort to open schools if they didn't get paid or maybe have to open schools during holidays to compensate for lost days. Emergency service workers tend to get to work in bad weather. However, I also believe that grasping legal profession need to stop this no win, no fee scandal. crash33

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