School Closure Procedures
Guidance for Parents/Carers
This Procedure is applicable to all pupils in the School,
If an incident has occurred or there is severe weather which could present a hazard to activities, the School may need to temporarily close, or partially close. This document provides guidance to parents/carers on the arrangements for a closure/partial closure.
If there has been severe weather outside school hours (which may comprise, but should not be limited to, heavy snowfall or rainfall), as early as possible in the morning Parents/Carers should establish the School’s status before leaving home by:
If there is no such message on any of the above forums, Parents/Carers should assume that School will be open as usual and normal journeys should commence if it is safe and practically possible to do so.
However, please do not set out on the journey to School before completing the checks noted above as, in the event of closure, no School buses will be running and there will be only limited personnel on site at School.
If an incident occurs or should the weather deteriorate significantly during a School Day such that it is deemed unsafe for pupils to remain on site, the following actions will be taken:
The Second Master and Senior Operations Manager will agree on a time for the School to close with the Bus Companies.
Staff will be informed of the decision and will gather in Form Rooms with pupils (both Junior and Senior Schools) where a register will be taken. Pupils will be supervised until they are able to return home safely.
The School’s website will be updated with closure details and emails and texts will be sent out to Parents/Carers. Bus companies may then communicate with parents.
Whilst many pupils will have mobile phones in their possession, may we ask Parents/Carers to refrain from contacting their child and instead wait for official communications from School.
Pupils are released to return home:
Pupils will remain supervised by the Head of Year or Senior Leadership Team until they are able to return home safely.
Parents/Carers are advised to check the School’s status regularly: messages will be posted on the Website and an automated message will be available by calling the School’s switchboard on 0161 488 3330. This is especially important before setting out on the day following the closure.
SLT member responsible:
supported by the Senior Operations Manager
Date of approval:
Proposed Review Date:
Other Related Policies and Procedures:
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