"I have put out several severe weather warnings in my career, but this one I really must stress." Brilliant. So he admits they were just being melodramatic before, but THIS time. He's obviously never read The Boy Who Cries Wolf.
Re: Why do schools shut when it snows? I am the head teacher of a village school, but I don't live in the village. It is only served by an irregular bus service (not currently running). Yesterday the chair of governors collected staff from their homes in his Land Rover, but today the snow is just too deep for that to happen. The only solution to this would be an official plan for teachers to work at their local schools during bad weather, but with the safeguarding agenda, it would be fraught with potential danger. Any other suggestions would be gratefully received!
Alison Coppitters, Dartford, Kent
Your article on why schools close when it snows may tell us some interesting things about health and safety, but ignores the fundamental economic reason why schools are different to most businesses. If businesses close when it snows, they lose money. If schools close, teachers get paid just the same, but get a nice day off.
Adam, London, UK
You ask why schools shut when it snows. Because if just one child died because they did not shut the media would go into a frenzy - including the BBC. Get real - their staff and pupils come from all over.
Richard Woods, Lyng, Norfolk, England
Re: Why do schools shut when it snows? We need to grow a pair, really we do. If snow makes school sites hazardous to the point of not being either "healthy" or "safe", and compromises the ability of children and teachers to get to school in a suitably risk-averse way - if at all - then how has Finland managed to keep its schools open long enough to provide an education system the UN has ranked the best in the world?
Max Grieve, London, UK
There are only two types of people working from home: those who have trouble starting and those who have trouble stopping.
Frances, Penzance, UK
Oh dear, I did warn them in July.
Michael Hall, Croydon, UK