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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
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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.
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
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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!
[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
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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
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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
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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
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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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