Snow and Bad Weather Procedures
“Schools should, wherever possible, stay open in severe weather. They play a key role in their communuties and by staying open help both their pupils and parents.” – Department for Education
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service. As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. There is a legal requirement to keep schools open for children to attend for 190 days per year (380 sessions). However, schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite. We recognise that it is important that our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Lockerley Primary School will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter.
The government has stressed the importance of schools remaining open, wherever possible, as closures have a knock on effect on parents/ carers who are key workers in other areas of the public sector, e.g. Health Services, thus undermining crucial service delivery. The overriding principle is, therefore, for schools to remain open to the maximum degree possible, as is consistent with health and safety requirements, even if it is not possible to run a full timetable.
‘The decision whether to close must, however, be for headteachers as they know their schools and surrounding areas. They should use common sense in assessing the risks and keep their schools open.’ – Department of Education.
How will parents know if Lockerley Primary is closed?
The school will log the closure on: http://www.hants.gov.uk/education/schoolclosures The school website will advise parents if the school is closed
The school will send parents an text message if the school is closed
Communicating With You
- In the event of a closure, we will communicate with you formally using these mediums: An entry on the Hampshire County Council School Closures page
- A notice on the front page of the school website
- A text message to the contact number(s) you have registered with us
Make sure we can contact you
- In order for us to effectively communicate with you, it is essential that we hold a record of your current contact details. We ask all parents and carers to provide us with appropriate contact details at the start of the Academic year. If your contact details have changed since the start of the Academic year in September, please advise us of these changes by contacting the school office.
What can you do to help
- Please visit http://www3.hants.gov.uk/roads/weather-on-roads for more information about gritting routes and travel issues so you can plan your journey safely.
- Please can you provide a packed lunch from home in case school meals cannot be cooked.
- Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
- If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back-up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.
- If you are able to help clear a safe path to school and help clear our school grounds it would be greatly appreciated. Please ensure school staff are aware of this and that you bring a shovel/spade with you.
Many thanks for your support in helping Lockerley Primary remain open during periods of severe snow/ice