SNOW AND ICE
In the event of severe weather conditions we have to consider key issues to make judgements about school closure. Closing the school is the very last option for us. We know that for working parents when the school has to close this presents problems with regard to childcare, so the decision will not be taken lightly. The school will attempt to inform parents by text message and we would endeavour to do this before 8:00 if possible.
We have to weigh up many different risks regarding travelling to school, site safety and pupil supervision on site. Maintaining the level of learning is extremely important, but we have to balance that against the risks to our pupils and staff.’
We will liaise closely with our local transport companies and senior staff in neighbouring schools. We will monitor local weather reports and liaise with our staff members in outlying areas to assess the travel conditions that might be affecting those who come to school by car and bus.
We will assess if we have sufficient numbers of staff on site to allow us to effectively supervise 202 pupils.
To keep you informed:
• We will send a message to all parents and staff if we are unable to open and will do this as soon as we can make a reasonable assessment of the conditions.
• We will contact Parents/Carers via Parentmail and the school website
• If the school remains open during bad weather, as a parent you can make the decision about whether or not you feel it is safe for your child to travel to school. If you feel it is unsafe for you to travel to school from where you live, please keep your child at home. If your children’s absence is specifically due to travel problems caused by the bad weather we can record this absence appropriately.
SCHOOL CLOSURE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Parents will be notified via Parentmail or the School website. If parents are unable to collect their children early for any reason, we will ensure those pupils are kept in until the normal end of the school day. Any change to the normal collection points for children when closing early will be detailed within the Parentmail communication and posted on the website.
Further information and links to information about KCC closures can be found under the ‘Severe Weather’ tab in the Parents section of the web site.Back to news