School chiefs defend snow closure

Dog walkers out in the snow on Blackpool Promenade . Picture by Dave Nelson
Dog walkers out in the snow on Blackpool Promenade . Picture by Dave Nelson

SCHOOL bosses today defended the decision to close schools as thousands of children were sent home after a dusting of snow fell on the Fylde coast.

Seven high schools and one primary school announced they would close on Monday, with teachers blaming safety issues and not being able to get staff into work from outside the area.

It comes after difficult conditions caused chaos on roads around the Fylde coast, with many people late for work due to slow moving traffic and those less fortunate ending up with vehicles skidding into ditches.

St George’s High School, Marton, will remain closed with a “limited opening” today for students taking a GCSE science exam at 8.30am, with remaining Year 10 and 11 students to be in from 10am until the gates close at 1pm.

Parents have taken to the Gazette’s website to slam the decision to close schools.

But schools defended their decision, saying it was a matter of ensuring enough staff are in school to provide effective teaching, and making sure the pupils were safe.

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