Friday 18 January 2013 1.10pm
I'm guessing you come from a place where snow comes every year, in large quantities, and stays for a long time.
The thing to think about over here is that serious snow isn't an annual thing, it generally never lasts for that long, and comes in relatively small quantities, so most councils don't think it's worth stocking up with snowploughs, blowers, etc for the occasional, short-lived, use.
Add to that the fact that plenty of teachers can't afford to live anywhere near the schools they teach in, and you can see that it becomes difficult to keep schools open.
The very sensible and easy thing we could adopt that I know they do where a relative lives in southern Germany, would be to make homeowners clear the footpath in front of their homes (although how that would work with blocks of flats might be less straightforward).
...if you press it, they will come.