In view of weather conditions over recent years, I am writing to inform you of the procedures in place to deal with adverse weather conditions and how it may affect any possible school closures. Any decision to close the school is made by either myself or the Executive Head teacher, based on careful and considered risk assessment. The school will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- There are not enough staff able to travel to school due to weather conditions.
- Conditions on site are dangerous.
- Weather conditions are considered to be, or are anticipated to later become too hazardous for travel.
We will, of course, make every effort to ensure our school remains open, and unless you are advised otherwise, the school should be regarded as open.
Please be aware that even if families living close by are able to get to school, many staff live some distance away and may face severe difficulty travelling to school.
If the school is to close, we will notify parents via text messaging service, website and Facebook.
If weather conditions deteriorate sufficiently during a school day and a decision is taken to close the school, we will inform via our text messaging service in order that arrangements can be made to collect your child/children.
The school will make all practicable efforts to keep parents informed during adverse weather conditions, as we appreciate that such conditions and any uncertainty poses considerable difficulties for our parents. However parents are asked to check the means of communication when it is clear that closure is a possibility.
We do appreciate that, during bad weather, children may arrive later than normal: please endeavour to contact the school to advise that they are on their way or likely to be delayed. Additionally, there is a possibility of families not being able to travel, even when the majority of children can get to school-in such instances, we ask that you notify school via telephone or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our main aim is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, parents, carers and staff.
I would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation should the above procedures become necessary this winter.
Mrs J.A. Charnley