Bad Weather Arrangements

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As weather forecasts are predicting snow and very cold weather conditions we thought it would be helpful to remind parents and carers of the school’s procedure in advance of any forthcoming bad weather.

If overnight snowfalls are so heavy as to seriously disrupt traffic or cause journeys to be dangerous, or we have an unexpected problem with the school’s heating or water supply it may be necessary to close the school. Where possible we will always aim to keep the school open, however the decision to close or remain open is often complicated as we have to take in to account so many unknowns for example; conditions of the local streets and pavements, if the buses have stopped running or the number of staff who are able to get into school. If a decision is made to close the school please consider the following points:

  • Listen to Heart Sussex (102.4 – 103.5 FM) and Juice FM (107.2 FM) who make regular announcements regarding school closures
  • A list of closed schools will be posted on the Heart Sussex website
  • We will update messages on the school’s website
  • A TEXT message will be sent out if we have to close the school
  • Parents are requested not to telephone the school early in the morning as too many incoming calls may prevent us making the necessary arrangements to inform you of the situation.

Developing Bad Weather during the day:  Normally when bad weather occurs during the day it is our policy to keep students in school until the usual dismissal time, 3.20 pm. However, if the weather deteriorates during the morning it may be advisable to let as many students as possible leave at lunch time (13.05 pm), or in worsening conditions at break (11.10 am). Please discuss arrangements with your child so they are quite clear what to do in these circumstances. For example :

  • they can walk home
  • they can gain access to their home and if you want they to telephone you once home
  • if not home, where you will allow them to go on leaving school
  • they have suitable footwear and clothing (coat, hat, gloves) for cold, possibly wet weather

Furthermore, if the weather appears to be worsening during the afternoon we may have to make a decision to release students who normally make their own way home before 3.20pm.