Snow and Ice
In the event of severe weather conditions we have to consider key issues to make judgements about school closure. Closing the school is the very last option for us. We know that for working parents when the school has to close this presents problems with regard to childcare, so the decision will not be taken lightly. In these circumstances, we must to weigh up many different risks regarding travelling to school, site safety and pupil supervision on site. Maintaining the level of learning is extremely important, but we have to balance that against the risks to our pupils and staff.
We will monitor local weather reports and liaise with our staff members in outlying areas to assess the travel conditions that might be affecting those who come to school by car and bus. This will enable us to assess if we have sufficient numbers of staff on site to allow us to effectively supervise our pupils.
In the rare event that the decision is made to temporarily close the school, we will email all parents and families with as much notice as possible- we will aim to inform you at least the evening before the closure. We will also update the website and Facebook page.
If the school remains open during bad weather, as a parent you can make the decision about whether or not you feel it is safe for your child to travel to school. If you feel it is unsafe for you to travel to school from where you live, please keep your child at home. If your children’s absence is specifically due to travel problems caused by the bad weather we can record this absence appropriately.
In the event of incredibly hot weather, we may take the decision to keep children indoors to limit their exposure to the dangers of excessive sun. This may include adjusting playtimes, outdoor learning or PE sessions to avoid being outside during the warmest parts of the day.
The NHS advise that children cover up with suitable clothing and wear sunscreen between the March and October.
Please ensure that especially when the sunshine is forecast, you child arrives for school with:
- a hat to protect their head from the sun
- SPF50 sunscreen on all exposed skin
- a drink of water