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Mums' anger at late notice from schools over strike closures
MUMS have spoken of their anger after learning schools could be closed with just 30 minutes’ notice.
Teachers planning to strike on Thursday don’t have to make their intentions known until 8.30am that day, meaning many schools across Dorset could be closed.
And parents at St Katharine’s in Bournemouth, where a decision will be made on the day of the proposed action, say they are frustrated and concerned.
Sally Maidment, 40, of Hengistbury Head, has a seven-year-old son at St Katherine’s school.
“It will be a spectacular pain,” she said.
“It is a bit frustrating that the teachers don’t have to tell them until that day. I think it could make life quite hard for lots of parents.”
Fiesta Matthews, who lives close to the school and has a six-year-old boy who attends, said: “Whatever one’s opinion is on the strike, the fact that you don’t get to know what’s going on until the last minute could make life a bit tough that day for lots of parents.”
She said many parents will already have to have left their homes by the time the school makes the decision about whether it will close its doors for the day, and added: “It’s quite a frustrating situation.”
Adele Richards, who has two daughters aged five and seven at the school, said: “I’m very sympathetic to the teachers and I think they’re doing a great job, but it would be a better system if everybody decided in advance if they were doing it.”
But grandmother Susan Beale, 60, of Christchurch, said she backs the strike.
Mrs Beale volunteers at the school, and her eight-year-old grandson attends.
She said: “Ultimately, what it comes down to for me is that the family should always come first.
“I’m not saying that mothers and fathers shouldn’t be at work, but the priority should be the family.
“I absolutely support the teachers going on strike if that’s what they choose to do and at the end of the day, the responsibility for childcare lies with the parents. If the school is closed, then that’s that.”
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