At the height of winter, head teachers listen with a keener ear to the weather forecasts. They gaze upon dull, leaden skies on freezing nights with a frown of concern. Head teachers know snow brings with it the potential to have to make deeply unpopular decisions with at least one section of the community with which they work.
Fine judgements must be made. These judgements include weighing up the need to ensure the health and safety of pupils and staff against the pressure to not add to the disruption by closing the school and leaving parents with the headache of how to balance childcare with their own work demands.
In this guidance, we look at the work that you can do in anticipation of snow and the leadership decisions that you can make both when the snow arrives and when the thaw sets in.
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