Procedures on Days of Extreme Cold Weather – Snow Days

Procedures on days of extreme cold weather – Snow Days

At Redbridge Community School, we take our responsibility seriously to educate and care for our young people and wherever possible it is our intention to open as normal during periods of difficult weather. We appreciate that closure impacts on children’s learning and parents’ childcare arrangements. However, we also recognise our responsibility towards the safety of children and adults on site and whilst journeying to and from school.

Should we decide to close the school as a result of bad weather, the following factors will be taken into consideration:

  •  The ability to make the site safe for students and staff
  • The ability to be able to staff the school at safe ratios.  Many of our staff have long journeys to school and extreme weather may make this impossible
  • The state of the roads in the local area

In the event of a closure as a result of bad weather and snow, the school will use the following forms of communication to inform parents/carers:

* School Website: www.redbridgecommunityschool.com

* Messages via Arbor

* Text message

* The school twitter feed.

The school will also contact the local authority, the Daily Echo and local radio stations to alert that the school is closed.

Unless you hear from us that we are closed, please make the assumption each day that we are open as usual.

These are difficult decisions to make so please bear with us. Conditions are changeable, and decision-making can be problematic. There may be times when we have to close during the day as a result of a deterioration in the weather. If this is the case, we will always try to give parents as much notice as possible. We will not send pupils off site unless and until we are confident that they can make their way home safely.

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