For the first time in years we got a lot (by our standards) of snow on Monday. Because of the weather and the road conditions all public transport was cancelled on Tuesday morning but the town buses were up and running at the beginning of the afternoon. However there were still no coaches for those who live outside the town this morning.
As a result very few students were present yesterday and this morning – less than a third at best, sometimes a little as 15%. The kids present were those who live in town, the boarders and a few from surrounding villages whose parents had driven them to school.
To my surprise, while talking with the head this morning, I realized that 50% of the students live in town. Which means that, with the boarders and those whose parents could transport them, I should have had about 60% of them in front of me.
This got me wondering about the students’ parents. Why don’t they send them to school while in my hometown everything is within reasonable walking distance? How can they expect so much from us (teachers) when they don’t even manage to kick their own children out of the home in the morning?
I suppose some students twist the truth and tell their parents that the teachers will be absent anyway or that there will be so few students that they won’t do any work. Nevertheless the parents choose to believe the kids rather than phone the school to check what is going on. All the teachers were present and we did work although I chose not to go on with what we were doing but did a review of 2008 instead.