Le Pre Vert in the snow.
Eagle eyed and ‘in the know’ readers will quickly spot that this photograph was taken last winter, by our friend, Denise. Two reasons, sun and a much more alive palm tree! See this link from last spring here.
Today is a ‘snow day’. Based on the predicted, and it must be said, accurate forecast, Friday should definitely have been. No sooner had staff and the majority of pupils got to school than arrangements were being made to send everyone home. As the ages of our pupils range from 9-13 we can’t just close the school. Parents, or their representatives, are required to collect their children or give their permission for us to release them to walk home. A nightmare of organisation for school leaders who need to make this decision, and for staff who live a distance away from school especially if they have arrangements to make for their own children. This process takes time and can lead to restlessness amongst those pupils who fail to understand why others are going home and they aren’t!
Needless to say, this really is a rare occurance. The M6 runs alongside and routes are well gritted. Often it is the un-gritted roads through housing estates and along country lanes which provide our parents with the greatest problems. Today, the conditions along the lane outside our house are treacherous but I don’t know what the main roads are like. My journey home on Friday was five times longer than usual and Dan (you know who you are!) took nearly four hours to travel the fifteen miles from Tamworth to Rugeley, when his school was closed.
I shall be spending the day doing school work BUT from the comfort of my kitchen table.
I sympathise with those parents who are searching around trying to make childcare arrangements for their children. I’ve been there myself and it isn’t easy, especially at short notice and if you don’t have family living close. I’m sure there will be criticism from some quarters, but leaders have a responsibility to take into account the safety of everyone concerned and sometimes have to make these decisions with the aid of nothing more than a crystal ball! Today the weather forecasts certainly support the need for caution.