School Closure Procedure
The most likely situations we face are:
- Extreme weather conditions, snow, heating, water or power failure either:
- during the school day
- at the start of the school day.
- Heating, water or power failure which requires the school to close for emergency repairs.
In the event of any of the above difficulties the arrangements will be as follows.
- Snow, heating, water or power failure during the school day
We will let parents know the situation as soon as possible via the school website and through a text message.
We will make every effort to keep students in school as long as possible to ensure they are supervised and safe.
Parents who wish to come into school and collect their child may do so, but may not collect any other students unless we receive a telephone call from the other parents confirming that this is acceptable.
Students can be sent home if their parents telephone school and give their permission.
Students who live within easy walking distance of school may also go home with parental permission by telephone.
The school buses and taxis will be asked to try and come earlier, to ensure that students who travel by bus or taxi can get home before the roads become too dangerous. Parents are asked to try and make prior arrangements for their child to go to a friend or neighbours, if they cannot get into their house if they arrive home a little earlier.
The remaining students will stay in school and will be sent home, starting with Year 11, if we are satisfied that they have somewhere safe to go.
We will aim to contact parents and carers first and then the emergency contact number if we are unable to contact parents and carers.
Any student who wishes or needs to remain in school until 3.00 pm may do so.
Where parents who would normally collect students are delayed themselves, it would be helpful if they could contact school as soon as possible, so we can ensure that students remain in school until they are collected.
Members of staff will be in school until all students have been collected or alternative arrangements have been agreed.
- Bad weather conditions, heavy snow or school closed at the start of the school day
If the weather or road conditions first thing in the morning are considered to be too dangerous or we are without heating etc the school may be closed to students.
Announcements will be made on Peak 107 and Radio Sheffield and a text message will be sent to parents and carers. Information will also be posted on the school website.
In bad weather the school buses will be cancelled so if the school bus does not arrive do not try to make your way into school, stay at home.
If you are in any doubt or walk to school please telephone school and ask if school is open before setting off. There will be no late detention on bad weather days.
- Working at Home
If the school closes due to any of the above circumstances students should continue with their studies at home.
Students should firstly ensure all homework they have been set is fully completed. Students can also access online resources.
Returning to school after a closure
Parents can assume that when the severe weather has passed the school will reopen to students. A text message will be sent to parents and carers and announcements will be made on the school website and local radio. Parents may also telephone school for further information.
Where the closure is due to other reasons, such as heating or water supply failure, text messages will be sent updating parents on the progress of the repairs and indicating when the school will re-open.
Information will also be available on the school website and announcements will be made on local radio.
- Contact telephone numbers
Many parents have told us they find the text message system very helpful and as a school it is one of the best ways we can send out information very quickly.
To help our system we would be grateful if parents can let us know of any changes to their telephone numbers as soon as possible so we can update our records.
Please contact the school office on 01246 450825 if you need to update your contact numbers.