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Parents Pray For Schools To Reopen...

20/07/2010 14:01 | Updated 22 May 2015

Parents across the country will be hoping their children's schools are open today after many were shut last week due to the snow.

Some schools will remain shut while others have pulled out all the stops to open.

At one school in Hertfordshire, dozens of parents pitched in to clear the roads and car park so it could open today.

About 90 mums and dads turned out at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in Radlett.

Head teacher Michele Bazak said: "The response from the parents has been fantastic. It shows great community spirit."

Daniel Summerfield, father of three children at the school, and vice chairman of the governors, said: "We're trying to make sure the school is open for business tomorrow and it's going very well."

The London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has urged schools to open if possible. He says closures have a "devastating" impact, particularly for single parents.

Many companies will not pay staff for time off, leaving parents out of pocket.

Mr Johnson said: "There are times when it is obviously not safe to carry on as usual, but I do urge headteachers, governors and education authorities to consider the consequences of school closures on parents who are then prevented from going to work.

"This has a disproportionate impact on women and can be devastating for single parents when no alternative childcare arrangements can be put in place at short notice."

Manchester Council leader Sir Richard Leese also criticised headteachers for a spate of "unnecessary" closures.

He said: "Apart from a few special cases there is no reason why schools shouldn't be open."

Some schools in Wales have already said they will be closed today although many are set to open for GCSE and A-level students to sit exams.

It has been estimated that around 90% of schools in Scotland will be open today.

And as the weather in England over the weekend was better than expected, parents will be expecting business as usual in many areas.

Did your children's school close due to snow? Did you think it was necessary?

Source: AOL News

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