SEVERE WEATHER PROCEDURES
Procedures for Parents & Carers
The responsibility for deciding to close the school lies with the Headteacher. This decision should not be taken lightly and must take into consideration local circumstances. When a decision has been made to close the school before the start of the school day, it is the Headteacher’s responsibility to inform the County Council.
You can check on the County Council Web site whether the school is open or closed. PLEASE LISTEN TO RADIO PEMBROKESHIRE / RADIO WALES FOR INFORMATION.
The following principles underpin all procedures
- A service to parents and pupils should be maintained for as long as reasonably practical
- Partial closure should be considered before complete closure
- The interests and safety of children is paramount – ensuring that they are safe at all times
- Staff should only be allowed home early if there is a genuine need on the basis of personal safety. Decisions must be made on an individual basis.
Pupils are entitled to 190 days schooling annually and may also be entitled to Free School Meals. The Headteacher must consider alternatives before deciding to close the school.
Where pupils and staff live in the town, it may be possible for the school to operate with limitations. A significant number of teaching staff and teaching assistants live within the vicinity and could, with care, reach the school. It may be possible for the school to open and for appropriate arrangements to be in place should other staff fail to reach the school. The Headteacher is required to keep a record of staff who attend for work at their school.
Pupils that live some distance from the school need to ensure that if they are able to get into school for a morning session, arrangements are in place for parents / taxi contractors for Unit pupils, to take them home at any point, should the weather deteriorate.
When a decision has been made to close the school during the school day, not only are the County Council to be informed, but parents need to be contacted to ensure the safe return of pupils to their homes. This will be done through the Text service, so please ensure we have your correct details. You can also listen to the radio stations/warch County Council web site for information.
NO PUPILS WILL BE SENT HOME WITHOUT CHECKING THAT IT IS SAFE TO SEND THEM AND THAT AT LEAST ONE PARENT/ OLDER SIBLING IS AT THE HOME.