Take the snow lane to school

By on 19/01/2010 in News

With potentially more snow anticipated over the coming days, Birmingham's head of schools Cllr Les Lawrence has urged schools to stay open unless absolutely impossible.

Cllr Les Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, paid tribute to the efforts made by teachers and other school staff during the recent cold snap.

He also emphasised the importance of not allowing the weather “to get the better of us” in an effort to minimise the disruption caused to the education of pupils in Birmingham.

Following the big thaw over the last few days, forecasters are now predicting a return to colder conditions including significant snowfall during the second half of this week.

Cllr Les Lawrence said: “I would like to pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard in recent weeks to make sure children and young people in this city continue to get an education.

“We have faced unprecedented disruption due to the weather and there have been occasions where some schools have been forced to close for the safety of pupils and staff.

“It is vital that schools continue to stay open unless absolutely impossible for them to do so. At no point so far have we felt the weather has been severe enough to call for a blanket closure of schools.

“During the recent cold snap, headteachers made a decision on whether to close or not based on a risk assessment of their local circumstances.

“I urge teachers and school staff to continue making every effort to get to work and not let the weather get the better of us!”


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