Pandemonium for parents as schools left to own devices over Monday opening

Some areas remain cut off

Justin Kelly

Reporter:

Justin Kelly

Pandemonium for parents as schools left to own devices over Monday opening

The fun of the snow is well and truly over and the clear up underway but doubt still surrounds school openings on Monday. 

The Minister has said that schools will re-open on Monday "where possible," meaning individual schools will make the call on the ground. 

It's expected most schools will open as clearing operations are underway at school grounds across the county. However, parents have expressed concern over the safety of them and their kids getting to schools. 

Roads are in a treacherous state and a Status Orange weather warning remains in place for Offaly until 12pm on Monday. Some areas remain cut off with most roads operating on one lane. 

The flow of traffic caused by buses and cars ferrying kids to school could lead to chaos on many routes, parents worry. We took a poll to ask parents if they thought it was safe for schools to open on Monday and 64% expressed that they felt it would be unsafe given current conditions. 

The added complication is that school decisions will invariably go to the wire. Many parents didn't find out about the school closures around the county on Wednesday until after 7am. 

A similar situation could lead to further confusion and upheaval for parents trying to arrange childcare and get to work themselves.

One thing is clear, parents around Offaly expect pandemonium in the lead up to school on Monday with most being left in the dark until the last minute.