Mercury readers' views on the school closures
Most readers leaving comments on the Mercury website did not support school closures.
The Vegan Cakery wrote: "School closures are a scandal.
"I appreciate there are issues with potential legal claims for children slipping over but how on earth will this country ever regain anything like its past glories when half the nation is either not at work or school?
"The conditions aren't that bad at all. A little care and caution and today should have been like any other."
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MrPLeics wrote: "There really is no need for any of the city schools to be closed today. The main roads are open and flowing freely.
"When I was at school I was woken up extra early if it was snowing so I could walk the three miles and still get there on time – the 80s wasn't that long ago.
"I wish people realised the cost to the local economy – business suffers through lack of staff or reduced custom or people have to pay extra for childcare.
"Everyone is out of pocket, apart from those being paid not to go to work."
However, a teacher went online to defend the decision to close.
GNinja wrote: "It's not just about teachers not making it to work, it's also about the current climate of insurance claims for silly accidents.
"If a child falls over in the snow and injures themselves, then there is a good chance the school will get sued these days.
"People are so quick to jump on teachers.
"We work hard and we don't take the proverbial.
"We are not lazy, but conditions where I live in Leicestershire are pretty horrendous."
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