As the first appearance of the snowy stuff appears to be included in the forecast for this week, I thought it useful to send out a reminder to all parents about the procedures to be followed in the event of severe weather.
In addition to the information which comes directly from Highland Council’s guidance, can I please ask all parents to ensure the following:
- A warm jacket (with name label!) is worn every day to and from school
- Other items such as hats, gloves and scarves would be very sensible when it is particularly cold
- Wellies or boots are worn on days where it is wet, icy or snowy as well as a change of footwear for when they get to school
At Milton of Leys Primary
TRAVELLING TO SCHOOL DURING ADVERSE WEATHER
It is the responsibility of parents or carers to decide if a pupil should attempt to travel to school, by transport or on foot, in adverse weather conditions. The Education Authority encourages full attendance at school but in severe weather conditions the safety of pupils is much more important.
PROCEDURES FOR INFORMING PARENTS OF SCHOOL CLOSURE
- parents should advise schools of an alternative address, as close as possible to the school, which may be used by their children in emergencies.
- the school will advise parents of normal local arrangements for school transport and any special arrangements in the event of adverse weather.
- the school will establish a system of communication with parents and transport operators and ensure that parents are fully informed of the arrangements.
This will include a telephone information service which can be accessed by dialing: 0800 564 2272 and using the PIN number: 041820
The website www.schoolclosures.highlandschools.org.uk will also be updated with information for individual schools on a daily basis.
Please note that in the event of severe weather, the decision as to whether a child should attend school is entirely down to each parent/carer and this decision should be made taking into consideration whether a child can safely make it to and from school.
WHEN WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE POOR….
- Local radio stations issue news and weather bulletins on traffic conditions and school closures. Transmissions may not cover all households and may be subject to re-scheduling but should be helpful. Parents are advised to remain “tuned in” to ongoing road weather, or school information updates.
Moray Firth Radio-www.mfr.co.uk
Normally hourly news bulletins and half-hourly summaries will carry local information on weather, roads and conditions affecting schools. Morning updates will usually be given at 7.10, 7.40, 8.10 & 8.40am. In severe conditions normal programmes will be interrupted more frequently to carry emergency bulletins.