SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND CLOSURE OF SCHOOL

Hopefully, we won’t have a repeat of the extreme weather conditions experienced in the past two years.  In the event of snow, our main aim is to ensure the safety and well being of all children, parents, carers and staff.  This may result in the possibility that the school may have to close for all children or for certain classes, but I must stress only under extreme circumstances.

The reason for this is that most teachers live a distance from school, and travel may be very difficult and indeed dangerous for them.  We will of course make every effort to remain open.  Closure is based on careful risk assessment and decision making with the Chair of Governors and Local Authority.

The school should be regarded as open until you hear via one of the following that it is closed:

Text message

Text messaging is our primary contact method and so it is essential that your contact details are up to date.  Please inform the office of new numbers etc.  We will also inform parents through the answer phone and the school website.

Any decision to close the school will be made as early as possible.

If a decision is made to close the school before the normal end of the school day, we will text message parents and supervise children until the earliest opportunity you are able to collect them.  Therefore, parents who are at work or unlikely to be at home will need to make ‘emergency arrangements’ in advance, for child care.

 

The school website will be updated regularly as a primary mode of communication for instances of severe weather.  Please check for regular updates at www.thedeansprimary.co.uk

If the school remains open some areas of the school grounds may be closed.  We will grit a distinct path at the main entrance to the school on Vicarage Road.  Children should enter school via the main entrance and then proceed to the hall through the KS2 entrance (similar arrangements are in place for wet mornings).  The children in the Nursery and YR will come into school through the door up the ramp nearest to Y2 classroom.  The doors will be opened at 8.45 a.m.

It may be possible that paths become unsafe during the day when there is no caretaking cover available to regrit the paths.  It is, therefore, very important that extreme care is taken when coming onto the school premises later in the day.  Paths outside the school are outside the school’s area of responsibility.  If they are dangerous we will alert the Highways Department of the situation and request their attention.

Please note that this will only apply in extreme weather conditions.  These are very rare occurrences.

 Please be assured that we will try our best to keep the school open.

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