Schools and severe weather
In the event of closures schools will contact parents/carers in the normal way via Groupcall. Parents/carers should ensure that their school/nursery has up to date contact information.
The Head Teacher has responsibility for undertaking a risk assessment in the event of severe weather or building difficulties. There are several factors which may impact on this decision including: the building itself and whether there is water and power, access to the school and decisions of school transport operators; and whether there are enough staff available to ensure that the school can open safely; and whether it is safe to send children home during severe weather. The Head Teacher takes the decision to close a school to pupils in consultation with a member of the senior management team in Education Services.
Travelling to school
In extreme weather conditions such as snow, parents/carers should carry out a risk assessment as to whether they consider it safe for their child to travel or walk to school. Parents/carers should then inform the school of their decision at the earliest opportunity.
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