I just wanted to write to parents and clarify how the school will deal with bad weather.
At Fairlight Primary and Nursery School we will make every effort to keep the school open in the event of severe weather. However if it becomes difficult to open the school safely, or staff, parents and pupils are at risk travelling to & from school, then we are left with no option but to close.
QUESTIONS, MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS
How will I find out? We need your up to date contact details so that we can text you when we have made a decision. We will also post a message on our school website. We will endeavour to let Heart FM and the Argus know, however this is not a priority as we can contact parents direct. In the morning we will make a decision by 7.30am so that parents can begin to plan their day. In the event that the school has to close during the day, we will let parents know the time we are closing and when we expect parents to collect their children.
Shall I ring the school to check if the school is closed or closing? – No! We need to keep the phone lines free in case we need to contact individual parents. Also, we cannot ring you if you leave a message asking us to contact you to tell you if the school is closed. Please check your mobile or the website.
I might need to come early to collect my child as its getting bad round my way? Until the school has made the decision to close, or to partially close, children will not be allowed to leave early. Whilst we understand that some areas of Brighton are affected in different ways we have to make a whole school decision.
I get the bus and the services are becoming disrupted? Our proximity to the Lewes Road means that transport across the city is a huge deciding factor in us staying open or closed. We are in contact with Brighton and Hove buses as well as the Local Authority every hour during bad weather, or before bad weather, so that decisions can be coordinated.
How can I ensure my child is able to stay warm and dry at school? Children should be sent to school with a suitable coat, and footwear- a good pair of wellie boots is great! They can also bring extra clothes to change into if the weather is bad on the way to school and we will try to dry or air clothes during the day. In the event that the snow is not too bad, or conditions too icy, we would love to get the children out to play in it.
I’m stuck at work so how can I collect my child from school? If we have made the decision to close, then it is also likely that transport across the city is becoming more difficult, therefore we recognise that lots of people may be experiencing problems getting to the school. We would ask parents to make every effort to get here themselves, or to make arrangements for someone else to collect their child. The school cannot stay open later than normal hours to look after children. The staff of course will stay at school to be with the children, however please bear in mind that some staff also live further away and have their own children to collect from school so they will need to leave promptly.
How will I get into the school safely? It may be necessary for the school to only open certain gates or doors, so please follow any pathways or signs that may be in place, to safely direct you into school. The front door will be open at normal times. We will of course try to grit the areas outside school if needed.