Dear Clare My question is one I have posed to the DfE on their forum - apologies for duplicating it here, but I would appreciate some unmoderated input! Last winter, during the bad weather, when schools took the decision to close for a day or more, for practical, logistical and health and safety reasons, it was generally acccepted, I understand, that this decision was ultimately a Governing Body one, for which the Chair took a delegated "Chair's Action" on the Governing Body's behalf. Similarly, when boilers burst or classrooms are flooded, the Chair is the person who authorises the emergency closure of the school. Has this responsibility changed, do you know? Would schools be able to take the decision to close without this Chair's Action being required in future? The DfE guidance on 8th November suggests that this decision is now down to the headteacher. "Whilst the governing body of a maintained school has general responsibility for conduct of the school, the decision to open, partially open or close a school is an operational one and therefore falls to the head teacher" Does the NGA have a view on this?