Occasionally, the weather can be so severe that getting to and from school becomes hazardous. Really bad weather is disruptive and can cause anxiety and stress. If snow starts falling during the day then, understandably, many parents will want to ring the school to find out what is happening. It can be frustrating for parents trying to get through when all our outside telephone lines are engaged by others calling for the same reason!
We will therefore ensure that our website www.reasideacademy.co.uk is updated throughout the day regarding developments which might affect transport arrangements. The school will maintain an Emergency Closure list and in extreme circumstances when very bad weather is predicted or has occurred, the school will text parents as per this list. Please ensure the office has your most up-to date information. If you do not currently receive texts and wish to, then please contact Mrs Liggett.
Decisions about closing the school or sending children home early are always difficult to make. We need to gather reliable information before making a judgement. We check weather reports, check road conditions both locally and further afield, get advice from the bus companies and try to assess what is happening elsewhere in the area. Bus operators may decide that running vehicles on particular routes in snow and ice is too high a risk so some buses may not be available. Due to availability of drivers, some buses may only be available during scheduled school run times. This needs to be considered when school is making a decision about what to do.
If school is to be closed due to adverse weather overnight then there are 2 possibilities:
- The school will be closed. This information should be posted on our website by 7am but it will be as early as practicable. This will usually mean that Tresco Close and or the school grounds are inaccessible. In this situation we will do our very utmost to ensure that school opens again as soon as possible.
- The school could be partially open.
- Lessons may start for everyone later in the morning to ensure that all pupils and staff can travel to school safely. Specific arrangements will be posted on our website. The school buildings would still be open for those arriving earlier than the posted time.
- Or only specific year groups may be asked to come to school. This may be because not all staff are able to make the journey to school. In this case then which children who are to attend school would have to be prioritised; pupils involved with SATs are likely to be given priority.
In both scenarios, a text will be sent to all parents/carers and information will be given to BBC Radio West Midlands/Free Radio and Heart FM. If the weather deteriorates during the day:
If the weather deteriorates during the day:
- Only in extreme circumstances will the school be closed early.
- Pupils living farthest from school and requiring transport may be sent home. The school may remain open for pupils living locally. The closure may be staggered based on these principles.
- The decision to close the school will be made by the Headteacher and other key staff.
- Any decision to close the school early will be passed on to staff and pupils as soon as we have arrangements in hand and posted on the website. A text will be sent to all parents/carers.
- We will tell pupils if we know of any changes to normal routes for school buses so that they can decide the best way to get home.
- Pupils with permission to leave site will be released.
- Pupils who are to be collected by parents/designated adults will initially be held in the school community room or main hall depending on numbers.
- School will be kept open with staff on hand until the last pupil has left.
- Parents/carers should only come to school to collect their children if they have received a text asking them to do so. Information will also be given to BBC Radio West Midlands/ Free Radio and Heart FM.
- Parents/carers collecting their children are asked to take great care when approaching the school site in extreme weather.
If your child is at home, due to an unavoidable closure, please encourage them to read and complete homework tasks given by their class teacher, or access the BBC website – www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/ which provides learning resources for primary school children or BBC Learning – children’s online educational resources or BBC Bitesize for our year 6 children in particular, if you have access to the internet.
How parents/carers can help
- Check the school website, text messaging and listen to Free Radio or BBC Radio West Midlands or Heart FM.
- Only phone the school if you really have to – calls in prevent calls out!
- Encourage your child / children to carry out the identified school work at home. Thank you for your continued support
Thank you for your continued support.