This is a joint guidance document for parents and staff of George’s Infant School.
In matters related to adverse weather conditions, we will keep the school open whenever possible, provided the safety of children and staff can be maintained. However there may be occasions for where, due to the health and safety of children and staff, we have to close the school. The importance of clear communication is essential and this letter outlines our procedure in such circumstances.
Essex County Council (ECC) has an online notification system to keep parents up-to-date about unplanned school closures. The system has been introduced by ECC to allow parents and guardians to access information about school closures faster and more effectively via the internet.
All Essex schools will be able to complete a simple reporting process either on the day of the closure or the day before. A notification will then be added to a live feed on the emergency school closures page on the council’s website
This feed will continue to update as notifications of school closures are received. The page will refresh at 6pm each evening and closure lists for the next day will then go live. Essex radio stations have always been extremely helpful in not only listing school closures online, but also using their airtime to keep people informed. They will continue to support ECC in getting vital school closure messages out in as many ways as possible, including signposting listeners to the school closures page on the council’s website.
The decision to stay open or close the school is made by 7.00a.m. This will be based on:
As well as the council’s new notification system, schools have been asked to provide information to parents about other ways they will communicate closures. We will communicate with you as parents/ staff through;
NB. We will endeavour to update the school website as soon as a decision is made, but please note that we may be unable to do this if a high number of parents are viewing at the same time. Therefore, please avoid looking on the website between 6:30 and 6:45am.
Once this decision has been made to close the school it will not be reversed, even if weather conditions improve. Please accept our apologies in advance if the decision turns out to be the wrong one, but we have to decide on the basis of the information we have at the time and with enough notice to allow parents to make childcare arrangements.
Advice to Parents and Carers for extreme weather conditions
IF IT HAS SNOWED PLEASE DO NOT SEND CHILDREN DOWN THE SCHOOL PATH BY THEMSELVES AS YOU MAY NEED TO TAKE THEM HOME IF MESSAGES HAVE NOT GOT THROUGH TO YOU IF SCHOOL HAS HAD TO CLOSE.
Advice for Staff
Staff are encouraged and reminded to check:
o the School website
o the Local Authority website (as above)
o approved radio stations
o text/ email messages
Late Arrival of staff - the school accepts that in the event of snow, staff may be delayed in arriving on time, please inform the main reception of this, and continue to update the school on your expected time of arrival. The school will undertake to ensure all classes are supervised by another member of staff.
Guidance for Site Manager
Liaise with both the Junior headteacher about any risks/ concerns regarding staff and pupil safety
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