School Closures in the Snow: Is my school closed today, March 10th?

School sign covered with snow

Heavy snow has caused many schools to close their doors this week (Picture: Getty)

After the Arctic snow and ice blast caused more than 150 school closures across the UK last week, persistent sub-zero temperatures mean there could be more today.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for large parts of the country, while drivers have been warned of treacherous conditions on the roads.

One of the biggest impacts bad weather can have is school closures, leaving parents with last-minute alternative plans to make.

While everyone loved a snow day at school, closures can disrupt work and force changes in childcare schedules.

So how can you find out if your child’s school is closed today?

Is my child’s school closed today?

The easiest way to check if schools are open is to go to the municipality’s website.

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The kids are happy, but finding last-minute childcare for kids on snowy days can be a nightmare (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

However, your school’s website and social media may also be able to provide you with up-to-date information.

In Scotland you can search Emergency school closures on the website.

In Northern Ireland visit the nidirect website.

When will it be decided to close schools?

Child building a snowman

Who can remember the joy of hearing the words “snow day” as a child? (Image: Getty Images)

The decision about When schools close usually depends on the inside temperature as well as how dangerous the location is, since lots of snow and ice can pose a risk of injury.

To view this video, please enable JavaScript and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 videos states: “Schools must follow the same indoor temperature health and safety laws as other workplaces.”

There is currently no legal minimum or maximum, although the lowest recommended temperature (for non-physical work) is 16°C.

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