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Emergency Closure Procedure

 

Emergency Closure 

 

Every winter brings the possibility of snow, ice and the opportunity for boilers to misbehave! Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and on rare occasions 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. However schools may close due to “unavoidable‟ circumstances.

These would include:

  • occasions when there was an insufficient number of staff available to reach and remain on the site to look after the pupils. This could be because of transport failure, road closures or severe weather such as snow or flooding. It could also be because of localised or pandemic illness.
  • damage to buildings which renders them unsafe or unsuitable for instance because of flooding, fire or collapse.
  • unsuitable conditions in a school, such as the consequences of a heating or lighting failure.

Our school will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by e.g. gritting pathways, clearing access points etc.

 

 

What happens?

 

If the school did need to close, up to date details will be posted on the school website. Parents would also receive a Parentmail message (please ensure the school office has your latest contact information). 

 

Web pages:

  • The school website home page.
  • Surrey County Councils website. Click here for the relevant school closure page.

Radio Station

Coverage

BBC Surrey  104-104.6 FM

Surrey and Sussex

County Sound  1566 MW

West and Central Surrey

Eagle Radio  96.4 FM

West and Central Surrey

Heart Radio  102.7 FM

West Sussex and South East Surrey

Radio Jackie  107.8 FM

North East Surrey and South East Surrey

 

What can you do to help?

  • 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.
  • Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
  • If you live near the school and feel safe and able to do so, help us to clear the site to ready it for opening (if applicable)                     Many thanks for your support in helping our school remain open during periods of severe snow/ice etc.

 

Access to school

Snow/ice may limit access to the school but if children are able to get there, then the school will make every effort to stay open to receive them. The condition of the roads and pavements outside a school are not the school's responsibility but that of the Highway service.

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