Schools across Lichfield and Burntwood have shut as gritters continue to battle to keep local roads clear of snow and ice.

Staffordshire County Council says more than 300 schools have closed their doors for the day after the weekend’s wintry weather.

The safety of staff and students getting to school lead to many closures.

Cllr Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for learning and employability, said: “It’s down to each headteacher to decide whether to open or close the school in bad weather and they consider a whole series of factors, including the state of local roads and paths, the availability of school and public transport and whether food, heating and lighting can be provided.

“Most schools have indicated they intend to open tomorrow and will usually update parents directly, however our advice is to keep checking our website for the latest updates.”

Freezing temperatures have continued to make conditions difficult, with the council’s fleet of 40 gritters kept busy across the weekend.

Cllr Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for highways and transport, said: “The snow flurries lingered longer than expected, so we carried on ploughing as necessary, as well as gritting across the network.

“The day shift reported at 6am today and will carry on as necessary to keep the roads running today and tonight, but people should take care and drive appropriately for the conditions.

“The gritting crews have been working round the clock since Friday, in very difficult conditions, and I’m grateful for all their hard work.”

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