Teachers do NOT make the decision to not open the schools. If because of weather, a teacher can not make it to their own school under their agreement they must report to their nearest school. Most teachers, myself included, will do their utmost to get to the school. Coupla weeks ago I set off to school in a proper blizzard. Took me 4 times the length of time to get there only for the school to be closed. Myself and the other teachers that had made it in took work home with them. Most of the Aberdeenshire secondary schools are based in towns - Inverurie, Ellon, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, etc. Our rural schools have a higher proportion of pupils being bussed in. If only a small minorty make it into a school that is partly open, it does not save any time. The teacher then has to go over the work again for the majorty that missed it. Having been in schools that are only partly open, proper teaching is not done - the majority of the pupils are not there nor are a lot of the staff.