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School Closure Plan – January 2017
We would only close the school if we were unable to open or keep the school open safely. This might be because of poor weather conditions (if we had a lack of staff due to impassable roads) or if we lose water or power. Whilst most of our children live within walking distance, most of our staff do not. To open safely, we need enough teachers and teaching assistants, admin and first aiders to staff our school throughout the day.
It would be the last resort, but it is always useful for everyone to know what we would do should it occur.
What to do if the forecast is bad
1. Check if school is open or closed
• We have our text/email message service, so you would receive a text/email to confirm the school is closed. (We would also use this if we had to close the school during the day.)
• We would publish this information on the school’s and the Local Authority’s website.
• We would also contact the local radio stations, so please listen in or check these websites:
If the school is closed, you might like to go onto Espresso, where there are lots of educational games and resources. You could do some science experiments if there is lots of snow to explore, or snuggle up and read or practise spellings and/or times tables!
2. If we are open, but there has been a lot of snow or a warning of snow
a. Check your mobiles during the day in case we contact you to say we have to close the school early.
b. It is really helpful if you send your child in with a packed lunch. This would mean we could carry on, even if our cook can’t make it in or if we have several days of bad weather and haven’t received deliveries. We do have food for at least one day in the kitchen, but it might not be as advertised if deliveries are affected.
c. Please ensure your child has some waterproof footwear and/or a change of clothes in case they are wet from the walk to school and/or we can go out to play.
d. Additional clothing is good when it is so cold. Please clearly label all items, as the number of hats/scarves/gloves increases, so it’s quite tricky to trace these if not labelled.
e. Our experience is that After School Clubs are very likely to be cancelled. Please call school to check if your child would be attending one that day. If school closes, these clubs would definitely not be on.
f. If the roads look really dangerous and you would prefer to keep your children home for health and safety reasons, please inform the school, and absence will be authorised whilst these conditions remain.
g. We might alter the paths around school, so we can effectively treat a pathway. We might advise using the field as this tends to be less slippery.
Please can all parents remember to let school know, preferably in writing and in advance of the day, if your son/daughter is going to be absent from school for any length of time and for any reason. Please complete an absence form, even if your son/daughter is absent for a medical appointment as we need these for our records in school. Thank you.
Please continue to remind your child(ren) to always keep themselves safe on their way to and from school and when they are out and about, by always being with a friend, family member or known adult. Please also remind them to tell a trusted adult about anyone or anything which worries them, either in or out of school.
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