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PARENTS in Gosport had to juggle children as some schools were partially open, meaning some years were in and others not, splitting siblings.

Grandmother Cheryl Black, 60, of Clyde Road, was on childminding duty as two of her grandchildren were off and one had to go in to Alverstoke Junior School. Cheryl picked nine-year-old grandson Ben Channon up from the gates.

Cheryl Black and her grandson Ben Channon at Alverstoke Junior School

Cheryl Black and her grandson Ben Channon at Alverstoke Junior School

She said: ‘I am cross that teachers charge us £60 for taking the kids off school for the day, yet we are not going to be compensated for this.’

Billy Bolton had to take an unpaid day off his work as a gas engineer to look after his seven-year-old daughter Asha.

Billy, 43, said: ‘They can do it other ways, they don’t have to actually take time off. There are other mediums.’

Mum-of-two Karen Powell said: ‘It’s been a bit difficult because I had one going in and one staying at home.’

Anna Davis, mum of six-year-old Erin, was cross about the amount of notice given.

Anna, 33, said: ‘I’m in the Royal Navy. We are there for a purpose, to get time off is difficult. We only found out Monday. More notice would have been better.’