Speculation is that, over the next few weeks, adverse weather conditions are possible. Forecasts vary.
The school will only close if:
Deciding to travel to school or take your child out of school, even if it is open
School should be informed if you deem it unsafe for you to travel.
Limited staffing resulting from adverse conditions or ‘other school closures’
Should the number of staff in school be reduced, ‘best fit’ actions may be taken to meet the needs of pupils, including; combining classes, ‘skeleton’ curriculum delivery or in extreme cases, some non-academic activities.
Should a change of circumstance occur after school has started, we will inform you of this as soon as we can.
I reiterate that parents are to assume that school is open unless informed otherwise.
In all circumstances children should arrive at school with clothing suited for outdoors, including:
A ‘common sense’ approach to snow
Many schools are of the opinion that snow and children do not mix. I do not agree. Although I understand that children, like all of us, are more vulnerable to slips, trips and incoming snowballs at this time of year, I will not prevent children playing out, or in, the snow.
Of course, careful consideration will take place prior to break times as to the conditions of the playground, snow and ice in order to assess or ‘reduce risk’, however children should anticipate being outdoors.
When there is sufficient snow, designated areas will be provided in which the throwing of snowballs is allowed and areas will be chosen where snowballs are not allowed. This way children will be able to follow the ethos of the RESPECT agenda, making ‘clever choices’ and being ‘responsible’ for them, choosing where to play and what experience they want. Those entering areas designated for snowballing must accept that they are likely to be hit and that they take this risk by playing there.
It may be useful to discuss and impart your wishes with your child regarding this matter, as they will be responsible for where and how they play.