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Severe Weather

 
   

Surrey Hills C of E Primary School Severe Weather Plan for

Parents and Families

Schools should, wherever possible, stay open in severe weather. They play a key role in their communities and by staying open help both their pupils and parents.” – Department for Education.

Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.

As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to “unavoidable‟ circumstances.

These would include:

  • occasions when there was an insufficient number of staff available on site to look after the pupils. This could be because of transport failure, road closures or severe weather such as snow or flooding. It could also be because of localised or pandemic illness.
  • damage to buildings which renders them unsafe or unsuitable for instance because of flooding, fire or collapse.
  • unsuitable conditions in a school, such as the consequences of a heating or lighting failure.

Our school will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by e.g. gritting pathways, clearing access points etc.

School Closure

If the school did need to close, up to date details can be found on the following:

School Comms/Gateway: (Please ensure up to date information is with the school office).

  • Details will be sent to email addresses
  • A text will be sent if urgent information needs to be given to you.

Web pages:

Radio Station

Coverage

BBC Surrey  104-104.6 FM

Surrey and Sussex

County Sound  1566 MW

West and Central Surrey

Eagle Radio  96.4 FM

West and Central Surrey

Heart Radio  102.7 FM

West Sussex and South East Surrey

Radio Jackie  107.8 FM

North East Surrey and South East Surrey

What can you do to help?

  • If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back-up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.
  • Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
  • Many thanks for your support in helping our school remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.

Access to school

Snow may limit access to the school but if students are able to get there then the school will make every effort to stay open to receive them. The condition of the roads and pavements outside a school are not the school's responsibility but that of the Highway service.