it is not the decision of the teachers to close the school....IT IS DECIDED BY THE HEADTEACHER UNDER GUIDANCE FROM THE L.E.A......so yes, I have taken exception to you refering to all teachers as "slack bastards," it is not their decision. It has to be based on the LEGAL requirement of having enough staff able to get into work to cover the amount of pupils in, if the conditions at the school provide a safe environment (see Health and Safety!!!!!!!!!!!), and the risk that parent's take in getting their children to school. I can assure you that most teachers, especially during exam times (as now) are only to aware of the problems of schools closing as this important time.
I know how inconvenient school closures can be, I too have had to take time off when my son's school were closed. However as I said before, if an accident were to happen as a result of the conditions, there would be hell to pay, and the parents would be the first ones banging on the door, solicitor by their side, asking "why wasn't the school closed?"....Headteacher are in a no win situation, damned if they do or don't. It is no good harping on about "when I was a lad"....those days are long gone unfortunately, we now have to live by today's 'rules' god help us!
Yes my wife has longer holiday's than you or I, but I can assure you she doesn't work 9-3:30 or earn mega-bucks, and yes it is a vocation she chose and is good at, but not all a bed of roses as I stated earlier....my brother is a policeman, and running the risk of abuse or assault goes with the territory. Teachers are meant to do exactly that, not be social workers, physciatrists, threatened, or assaulted...tell me, how would you deal with a little shit coming at you threatening to smash your head in with a metal chair.?...I know what I would do, punch him in the face, but then I'd be out of a job and locked up wouldn't I, while little shit gets counselling and compensation.....it's all BOLLCKS !!!