In the case of extreme weather, any decision whether or not to close the school will be taken as early as possible. The Headteacher will consult with our site staff at 6:30am and a decision on whether or not school should be closed, will be made after consideration of the state of the roads around school and in those areas from which staff and pupils will need to travel. We will also have to consider the likelihood of further extreme weather during the day as once the decision is taken to open then the school will remain open for the day. The safety of our staff is also paramount so therefore on such days it may be the case that certain members of staff are also unable to make the journey to school safely. School will only open if we are able to guarantee safe staffing levels for the day for all children.
Closing School Before Morning Registration
The decision to close the school is a serious one. A decision will be made before 7:00am and staff and parents will be informed if the school is closed via our text messaging service and a message will be put at the top of the school website. For those unable to access this service, it is important to listen to 2BR and Radio Lancashire or visit the BBC Radio Lancashire website and refer to the schools’ closure list. I urge you not to phone school as we need to keep the telephone lines clear for staff.
Keeping School Open
If school is to remain closed the next day, a further text message will be sent and a message will be placed on the school website. If you do not receive a message, you may presume that school will reopen.
If school is to open, a message will be placed at the top of the school website to confirm this. As a parent you will need to make your own decision as to whether it is safe to make the journey to school from your home. The safety of you and your child is our paramount consideration so if you feel it is unsafe then please inform school that your child will be absent as it is unsafe to make the journey to school. On occasion that the school is open registration will remain open until 9:30 to allow a safe journey to school for those travelling from further afield.
School Closing During The Day
In the event of snow falling during the day, a decision about closing will be made following consideration of the likelihood of further heavy snow, and the state of the roads. If school is to close, a text message will be issued, a notice put on the school website. Please avoid contacting school to find out if we are going to close as school will notify you as soon as a decision is made. If you are not able to collect your child/ children yourself, you must make arrangements for someone else to do so and ensure that they are aware of the situation. If it is someone different to usual collecting your child please can you notify the school by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the person collecting your child.
Other Emergency School Closures
Should a different type of emergency (eg: heating, drainage or water failure) arise at school and the school needs to close then the procedure for closing school due to extreme weather will be followed. In the event that the school has to close during the day the above ‘School closing during the day’ procedure is followed.