Severe Weather Procedure

PROCEDURE FOR SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND

OTHER SIMILAR EMERGENCIES

ABBOT ALPHEGE ACADEMY

PLEASE KEEP THIS INFORMATION THROUGHOUT THE WINTER FOR REFERENCE

Procedure for Severe Weather Conditions and Other Similar Emergencies

If there should be bad weather conditions, such as a heavy fall of snow during the night, please check the following:

Ø  check the school website, www.abbot-alphege.org.uk

Ø  check Class Dojo

Ø  check your email

Severe Weather Closure

In the instance that the school is closed there is no need to telephone the school.

In the instance that the school is Partially Open

Ø  Pupils should all be brought to the AAA Hall.

Ø  Registers will be kept open until 10.30am and parents will be welcome to collect their children from 2.30pm onwards.

Ø  For those children who are usually provided with a piece of fruit, if there are no fruit supplies available, a biscuit will be offered for snack.

Ø  For any children who are in school over lunchtime and would like a school dinner, there may be a limited school meals service offered.

Ø  Regarding those pupils who are booked into Breakfast Club on the day in question, we shall make every effort to offer whatever limited facility for Breakfast Club we can, staffed by those colleagues who have been able to travel into school.  However, we should very much appreciate you only using these two facilities if there is absolutely no alternative for your family!

In the instance that the school is Fully Open

Should the school remain open, we recognise that some families live quite a distance from the school. Parents are expected to make their own decision as to whether to travel when the weather is bad. Please telephone if you decide not to bring your child/children to school.   If this you decide not to travel to school for reasons of SAFETY, this absence will be authorised.

Where school has opened in the morning but weather conditions deteriorate during the day, parents may wish to collect their children before 3.20pm.   There is no need to telephone first, but it helps if you do, so that we can direct you to where your child(ren) will be.

If there is going to be an early school closure we will contact every parent giving as much notice as we reasonably can.

 

Deciding whether to open the school during severe weather is often a hard call to make and will be depend on a number of factors, but the fundamental questions is always ‘is it safe for the children to be at school?’. There are various things which impact on this, such as the state of the site, the state of the roads leading to school, the number of staff who are able to get to school. We always make decisions in good faith and based on these factors.