Stupid Snow

For those of you who pay attention to the weather in England, it is absolutely ridiculous, and the novelty has well and truly worn off. Last week we had Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off school because the snow was so thick. On Monday we only had year 10-13 students and started at 10am. Yesterday we did the same timings but this time the year 7-9 students were in as well. We were hoping it would go back to ‘normal’ today, but it snowed again in the early hours of the morning and has been fairly persistent all morning. It’s only light snow but it’s been enough to cause a headache on the roads again. School was going to open late, so I got all the snow off the car and got there just after 9, only to discover that they had just minutes earlier made the decision to close. We were asked to stay until 10 in case any students came in and to make sure the 6th form students were ok with their exams in the morning. Once we’d had a staff briefing (with all of about 15 people) we made the trek home again.

My journey was a lot longer than normal, but because it’s normally easy, the 45 minutes wasn’t as bad as some other people. Poor Rob got to work at 9.45, having left home at 7.15! Teachers have been copping a lot of heat in the media these past couple of weeks about closing school and the pressure it puts on families. For a start it’s not our (as teachers) decision to make, and people need to remember that if it’s not safe for the staff to get in, then you can’t run the school properly.

The snow is predicted to ease but the next problem will be the temperature hovering around freezing point will turn everything to ice. Adrian said there were police out and about this morning helping cars up and down the slight hill at the end of our street (heading towards the station) so it’s not fun on the roads.

Anyway enough of my rant. The snow is nice for the first couple of days, but now it’s annoying. Some of my classes I haven’t seen since before the Christmas holidays and it’s making planning and replanning a nightmare. We all just want things to get back to normal, whatever ‘normal’ is. Oh well, add it to the experience …

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