Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The Very Thought of Snow Closes All of The Schools in Powys!

I've just picked my daughter up from school and been told by the headmaster that 'all the schools in Powys will close tomorrow due to forecast snow'!
Yes forecast snow.
What if it doesn't snow? Hard luck I suppose, the schools will be already closed.
All the children had a letter from someone whose title was amazingly 'Head of Schools and Inclusion'!
Inclusion?! I give up.
Back to the snow, and why are the schools closing?
Are they worried about school buses etc crashing?
Are they worried about children falling over on the snow/ice?
Is it an excuse for the teachers to skive off?

Whatever the reason, tomorrow, every parent with a school aged child in school will be inconvenienced, those that work will be seriously inconvenienced as will thousands of businesses who employ people with school age children. And all because it might snow.

It probably will snow actually, but how do schools in Canada and the like cope?
I can't imagine them saying in November - 'right kids no school 'till April'!

I think it's time we got a grip.


Anonymous said...

This country's infrastructure is incapable of handling ANY type of weather!

We'll be having hose pipe bans in summer after the "worst rain in over a century" that flooded our increasingly overcrowded and concreted land!

Jeannine said...

I'm from Pennsylvania and we usually get snow a few times each winter. Unless there's a snowstorm or blizzard or freezing rain, the children go to school as usual. I remember one year the weathermen were really hyping up a coming snowstorm. People did their usual mad rush to the grocery stores to buy up all the milk and bread ('tis true--this is what people do in the States every time more than two inches is forecast). The school officials from several districts conferred and closed all the schools a day ahead based purely on the forecast.

The inevitable occurred--no snow at all. If I remember correctly, the next day was cold but sunny.

Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, some amusing posts on your blog!

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JPT said...

Thanks, I'll check it out.

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

Well, in my part of Canada, things get a little hysterical when there's a snowstorm. We lose about six days of school a year due to weather.

I grew up in Nova Scotia, and they'd only close the schools for the day if there were eight feet of snow and 90+ m.p.h. wind. I exaggerate, but not by much. We went to school no matter what.

CherryPie said...

We used to cope when we had really bad winters... This is nothing compared to how our winters used to be!

JPT said...

Cherry Pie:
Too true!
What a bloody fuss about nothing it all is at the moment!