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"We are not going to close the school" said Dr Akehurst at 10:00, then just an hour later the school was official closed due to the poor weather. Quite why is remained open that long is a bit of a mystery to us; the school was understaffed, a fair percentage of the Sixth Form had already gone home and the walkways and roads were lethal. We will update this article as conditions change.
Wednesday 2nd
"We are not going to close the school" said Dr Akehurst at 10:00, then just an hour later the school was officialy closed due to the poor weather. Quite why is remained open that long is a bit of a mystery to us; the school was understaffed, a fair percentage of the Sixth Form had already gone home and the walkways and roads were lethal.

After school closed, it was displayed on the school website for some time that school was closed on the 3rd of March. Many pupils interpreted this to mean that school was going to be closed on the Thursday - the message was in fact a mistake, for which the IT staff apologise. Whilst the message was changed, many pupils may decide to "forget" they saw the changed version.

Thursday 3rd
School is open as per normal - except attendance is less than 25% in some classses. Many pupils living in rural areas could not get into school, and many simply chose not to bother. The Police have been advising people that they should only drive if they absolutely must - yet the school remains open despite this advice. RMGS is the only local school not to close.

Poor attendance, understaffing and general excitement from the snow means there can be little academic gain from the day at school. This is deal with in the issue "One Mad Day" ... available here.

Friday 4th
School is closed, after attendance of less than 400 on Thursday keeping the school open would have been pointless.

Issues Raised
One issue we feel this raises is the idea of mobile phones at school. We have looked into this issue before, but feel events such as those of Wednesday are prime examples of where mobile phones at school would not just be sensible, but almost neccesary. We know that over 50% of all students have mobile phones on them anyway, and we don't see why they should be punished for this. On Wednesday when the school closed, if people hadn't had mobile phones, the office would have had to have phoned every parent and arranged for them to pick up their child - this would have taken hours and caused massive disruption (and a huge phone bill) - as it went most pupils could use their mobiles, or their friends' mobiles to contact their parents.