School Closure Procedures

 

PROCEDURE FOR MORNING SCHOOL CLOSURE

In the event of bad weather, heating failure etc. this is the system for notifying everyone that school will be closed before the start of a school day: –

We can text everyone from our Primary Contact system even out of school hours if there is likely to be a school closure. It is vital therefore that you inform the school as soon as possible of any change to your mobile phone details.

If you are concerned about extreme weather conditions and you have not received a text from school by 8.00 am on a school day, please use the phone tree system.

As well as using the school’s text messaging service, we highly recommend that you also sign up to the county text messaging service at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures as you will be alerted within 15 minutes of the closure being posted on the county website. This is a good back-up in case our system is out of action for any reason.

You can also find information on the school Facebook page and you can still tune into your local radio stations for information from 7.00 am onwards; they take their information from the county website, see link above.

Each family is responsible for finding out if school is open for themselves. The school principal will contact Johnson’s to cancel the bus for our children if school is to be closed. We do try to co-ordinate with other local schools. Occasionally we will make a decision the day before difficult weather is expected based on weather reports and police advice.

We will do everything possible to keep the school open unless safety is compromised. Decisions are made around 6.00 am so everyone should know what the situation is by 8.00 am. However conditions can vary locally so you may need to make your own decision as to whether or not it is safe to travel.

When there is snow or ice we will clear and salt safe pathways into school. Please read the lollipop for details of how children should enter the school. Occasionally they may need to come in through the front door and not go on the playground. Please try not to arrive before 8.50 am as I cannot guarantee entry to the school before that time.

Enforced school closure during the day

We use the same text messaging service to alert parents and carers that immediate collection of the children is necessary. We try to supplement this by telephoning any families that are not on these services. Bearing in mind that we would only evacuate our school during the day for the most serious circumstances, it is vital that every child is collected as quickly as possible so that staff may also evacuate.

The telephone tree does not operate in evacuation situations.

You are welcome to telephone school if you want to alert us of any situations in the area we may not be aware of or to find out what action we are taking, but in our experience, the fewer people that do this, the better, as we need to keep the phone lines as clear as possible.

Please keep a careful note of the phone tree and only use it at the appropriate time. You do not have permission to share these numbers with any other person.

Please contact us if you need any further information.