School Closure & Severe Weather 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 on the arrangements for a closure/partial closure.
Procedures Before School
Staying Open In Inclement Weather Conditions
The decision as to whether the School should and can stay open in inclement weather conditions is one the Senior Leadership Team take very seriously and the safety of the community is always uppermost.
In snowy conditions, you should only attempt to travel to school if you are content the conditions are safe to do so. If you can’t get your child to school, or if you decide the conditions are not safe, please follow the usual Attendance & Absence Guidelines & Procedures.
The Estates team are committed to keeping the premises safe and hazard-free, and all reasonable action is taken to remove any ice and snow from the main pathways. Our designated morning Caretaker will identify very slippery areas to grit them early but due to the size of the site we cannot always clear everywhere or offer certainty over all aspects of safety underfoot. It is not always practical to clear ‘dawn frost’ which often occurs when the morning dew freezes on impact with the cold surfaces; unfortunately, this is difficult to predict and normally melts just as quickly as it appears.
If the site seems unsafe to you, it is for you to decide whether or not to come onto our site or leave your children with us. We will have up notices to warn you of particularly slippery areas but ask everyone to walk slowly and plan on taking a little extra time to get around the site - safety is more important than punctuality.
During the Autumn and Winter seasons, we ask that parents/carers select suitable footwear for children to come to school in and that they come dressed for being in the snow as we do let them play out as much as possible.
Closure Procedures During 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:
Keeping Your Contact Details Up-to-Date
It is extremely important that we are able to contact at least one parent at any given time and therefore ask that you check your contact details and notify us of any changes. This includes notification of any temporary change to address/emergency contact details in the event that parents are away and children are being looked after by someone else in the short term.
To check what information we have, simply log onto Parent Portal from our website and use the 'Communication' option to view and manage your information. If you notice something which needs updating please submit an online Change Request Form on the Portal.
SLT member responsible:
supported by the Senior Operations Manager
Governor sub-Committee responsible:
Operations and Infrastructure
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