Poll: Should schools open in adverse weather conditions?
10:22 22 January 2013
AS more than 200 schools across the county closed due to heavy snowfall yesterday, we asked members of the public in Ipswich whether they thought it was right for schools to close because of the bad weather.
Name: Hannah Bias, 30
Comment: “It depends, I don’t think it’s excessive snow. I understand them closing early, but it’s a bit dramatic. People like to overuse the word treacherous when there’s a centimetre of snow.”
Name: Alex Chilcott, 30
Comment: “My general opinion is, if people’s safety is put at risk, it’s not worth it.
“It’s about the teachers’ safety and the children’s.
“It’s not worth putting people at risk. It isn’t worth anyone’s life.”
Name: Eleanor Byng, 33
Comment: “It depends how bad the snow is. For extreme places yes, for other places where it’s not so bad, no.
“The school down our road – the street is covered in snow but the kids can still get there.”
Name: Jess Gissling, 21
Comment: “It’s an overreaction. In most other professions, people still have to go to work.
“The shops are all open in town.
“Unless you’re out in the country, then it’s more understandable.”
Name: Michelle Burke, 23
From: Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Comment: “I think it’s an overreaction.
“I think if the kids can’t make it to the school they shouldn’t go, but I think everyone panics at a drop of snow and it’s not that bad.”
Name: Aaron Tripp, 25
Comment: “I think for those ones further out, they’re probably snowed under, but the urban ones are fine. I was speaking to a friend who’s working and now they’ve got no childcare, but they still have to work.”