You may have been asked to communicate with pupils via electronic means during this inclement weather enabling staff to work from home in severe weather and avoid possible injury attempting to travel to a building already closed to pupils.
Some schools even ask staff to use electronic means to distribute, discuss and mark homework.
This type of communication should only be undertaken using the authority Intranet. Properly set up and monitored intranet systems protect their users from abusive communications and from malicious accusations. Other forms of electronic communication do not provide teachers or pupils with the necessary protection. Do not, under any circumstances, give your personal email address to pupils.
If you have any doubts at all about the electronic system you are being asked to use please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes