Winter Weather Procedures

In the case of snowfall

Should we have heavy snowfall, please check the website for updates. Please do not ring school.

We are always prepared for the possibility of snow disruption during the winter and poor weather conditions.

Our key objective during the worst weather conditions is to open school on a site that is safe and adequately staffed. When we experience ice or snow our first priority is to assess whether we can make the site safe enough for adults and children.

Although we keep up-to-date with forecasts and weather warnings, some snow and ice conditions can be quite localized and can be compacted very quickly on frozen ground when children are walking on it, or there may be severe snow around school but little where you live. Please take care around the school site and walk on the gritted paths only if ground conditions are bad. During icy weather conditions we may restrict access into the school grounds and will inform parents through the text messaging service.

When there is a possibility that school may not be able to open we will assess the following criteria:

  • Can the site be made safe and is there safe access to the site?
  • Will we have sufficient staff to meet safe and appropriate adult to child ratios?
  • Can we provide meals at lunchtime?

When we are confident we have an adequate number of staff and accessibility to school is safe, we will open.

In the event of disruption caused by heavy snow the prime concern of the school must always be the safety of pupils and staff.

The decision to close the school will take account of the safety of all our pupils and staff. We will always endeavour to open the school in the event of bad weather, as long as it is safe to do so.

If the school is open in snow or bad weather the decision as to whether or not to send a pupil to school, however, must be at the discretion of the parent, taking into account factors such as local road conditions and the availability of child care.

The school appreciates that during bad weather children may arrive later than normal; parents should endeavour to contact the school to let them know they are on their way if likely to be delayed. The school recognises there will be isolated instances where families are cut off, even where the clear majority of children can get into school. In such instances parents should inform the school of the circumstances of this exceptional situation, as the school has a duty to clarify the circumstances of each case so as to be able to formally authorise the absence to the Local Authority. Parents acting on the assumption that the school would be closed without gaining confirmation, or failing to inform the school of the circumstances that prevents the child coming into school risks their child being registered as an un-authorised absence.

If the school is closed, we will try and make a decision as early as possible, and will intend to re-open as soon as we can.

COMMUNICATION

We will text all parents to let you know whether school is open or closed as soon as a decision has been made.

As soon as possible we will update the school website as to what is happening. The news flash will appear on the front page. Our website address is www.mountpellonacademy.org

If the school does open, but extreme weather develops during the day, we will aim to remain open until the end of the normal school day. However this is not always possible when roads are becoming treacherous. In which case parents will be contacted via the text messaging service and asked to collect their children as soon as possible. Normal lessons may be curtailed and the remaining pupils assembled in groups under the supervision of authorised members of staff to await collection.

Staff will always make every reasonable effort to undertake the journey to school. It is appreciated that the journey may take longer than normal and therefore some staff may not be able to arrive before the normal start of the school day. It may be necessary to ask all children to bring packed lunches if the kitchen staff are unable to reach school safelIn the case of snowfall