In terms of real stress that others face my situation on Monday wasn’t really stressful but I had to call whether or not we would have snow days this week. I was in meetings all day and students needed to know so I didn’t have long to consult with colleagues and make a decision. Since the middle of last week I have been having severe weather warnings for Birmingham for this week. Over the weekend I was getting amber warnings for snow and checking the forecasts for so many different places our students travel from I decided on snow days. I hate the thought of someone having an accident because they felt they should travel in conditions which are challenging and tend to err on the side of caution. There is also an issue of equivalence – our region is so big that some students will be snowed in and others not but setting work means that everyone gets the same input and there are plenty of ways to talk to a tutor if you want to.
However, it does feel a little like I am stuck in the story of Peter and the Wolf with some of the weather related stories. Ever since the storm of 1987 which wasn’t called properly it feels as if forecasters tend to err on the side of caution, which is probably a good thing but which makes it really difficult to make the best decision about what to do.
If you are not familiar with the story this is an interesting article: