Free snow kits will be given to schools in Sandwell this winter to help them stay open in bad weather, after freezing conditions caused widespread disruption earlier this year.
The move comes after council chiefs said they needed to draw up an action plan with schools in May to stop sites being closed.
The authority’s leader Councillor Darren Cooper then wrote to every borough school asking them what needed to be done to ensure they could stay open in severe weather.
He said closures not only had repercussions on the economy, but could also prove costly to parents who have to take time off work to look after their children.
Now chiefs have decided to extend their Snow Champions scheme, under which residents are given free snow shovels and salt to make pavements and pathways safe.
It comes after widespread school closures due to snow in March and January earlier this year. The school snow clearing kits, worth almost £200, are aimed at helping schools keep paths and playgrounds safe for staff and pupils.
Each kit will include six snow shovels, a grit bin and half a ton of rock salt. The kits are offered to council-run schools for free. There is a charge of £195 for academies.
Councillor Cooper said: “Parents who work can really struggle to find childcare at short notice if a school has to close – not to mention that we don’t want children missing out on their education.
“I know the problems schools face in terms of staff not being able to get to school, but the vast majority of teachers will fight their way into school whatever the weather if they can.
“But the problem some schools had earlier this year was the amount of snow around the playgrounds and routes into the schools.”
The free snow equipment offer will be available to just over 100 council-run schools. More than 20 schools have already applied for the kits.
Arrangements for this winter’s Snow Champion campaign for residents will be announced in the coming weeks.