The recent inclement weather has closed many schools and given plenty of children up and down the land a ‘Snow Day’ – I love a good snow day. This time around G’s school has chosen to remain open, although they started at 10am so staff had enough time to clear the snow. The thing is, even if they had decided to close the school – I wouldn’t have minded looking after her for the day. Why? Well it’s perfectly reasonable to expect a parent to look after their child.
Reading through Twitter though, some people REALLY dislike having their children home from school. Moaning about why the schools have closed? Why do they have to take a day off work to do it? Why? Well ultimately your children are YOUR responsibility, school is where your children go to learn, it’s not a crèche.
People forget the teachers don’t actually live next door to the school, some may be in other towns, or tiny villages outside of towns that possibly would never see their roads being gritted. If the teachers can’t physically get in, who will be teaching your children?
Also we live in a funny old world, a world where parents will try and sue a school for their stupid child running across ice and snow and landing face first. We live in a world where people don’t want to take responsibility for their (or their children’s) actions. It’s easier for a school to close rather than risk over zealous parents getting shirty with legal action.
Yes it might be a pain that you have to take a day off work, and that in a lot of cases you might not get paid for it. When you choose to have children, you choose a lifetime of responsibility for them, no matter what the weather, they are yours.
Stop getting over zealous and enjoy a snow day with them!
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