SEVERE WEATHER UPDATED DECEMBER 2022
- 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 text/email using the school messaging system and also post a message on our school website front page. We will endeavour to let Heart FM and The Argus know, however this is not a priority as we can contact parents directly- they also use our website to find out if we are closed. In the morning, we will make a decision by 7.15am 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 via out messaging service, the time we are closing and when we expect parents to collect their children.
- Shall I call 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 it's 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. While 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 before or during 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. 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.
- What learning will my child be expected to do if they are not in school? Teachers will set some home learning in the event that school is closed. We will try to make this as easy as possible for children to access. Older children will be directed towards online learning that they can do independently. Younger children may need a little support to access the learning and you may need to take the role of the teacher to help them access this. If all else fails then children should be give reading to do, some spellings, handwriting, times tables and of arts and crafts- who doesn't love making. And of course if the reason we are closed is due to snow then of course playtime in the snow is something we would hope to see also.
COLD WEATHER INFORMATION
- The attached ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ leaflet: national information with resources for members of the public as well as information for professionals.
- Childcare.co.uk has a handy guide to keep children and staff safe in the colder months https://www.childcare.co.uk/information/staying-safe-in-winter
- The Most Important Winter Safety Tips for Kids (parents.com)
- The BHCC Winter Weather webpages will keep you updated
- has a selection of printable material
- – in large print format