Christ Church CE Primary School, Walshaw
Policy for Adverse Weather Conditions
It is the policy of the school to make every effort to remain open whenever possible.
The decision to close the school either before or during the school day will be made by the Head Teacher following a discussion with the Chair of the Governing Body. The school will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:
1. Insufficient staff are able to come in to keep the school running safely
2. Conditions on site are dangerous
3. Conditions are considered to be or are anticipated to later become too hazardous for travel
If the school is to close:
1. The closure will be recorded on the School Website www.christchurch.bury.sch.uk by 7.30am by the Head Teacher. This information will also be displayed to the public via the Bury schools directory on the Bury Council website: www.bury.gov.uk
2. Parents who have opted into the scheme will be alerted to the closure using the texting service activated by the Head Teacher. The school will make all practicable efforts to keep parents informed as to the situation with the school during adverse weather conditions, as we appreciate that such conditions and the uncertainty places very considerable difficulties upon parents. However parents are expected to check the school website when it is clear that a closure is a possibility.
3. Parents will be kept up to date on local conditions on a daily basis via the school texting service and the school website.
The school appreciates that during bad weather children may arrive later than normal; parents should endeavour to contact the school to let them know they are on their way if likely to be delayed. The school recognises there will be isolated instances where families are cut off, even where the clear majority of children can get into school. In such instances parents should inform the school of the circumstances of this exceptional situation, as the school has a duty to clarify the circumstances of each case so as to be able to formally authorise the absence to the Local Authority. Parents acting on the assumption that the school would be closed without gaining confirmation, or failing to inform the school of the circumstances that prevents the child coming into school risks their child being registered as an un-authorised absence.
Where the school is officially closed, all absence is counted as authorised absence.
In the event of the school having to close during the day due to unforeseen worsening weather or similar unforeseen circumstances, parents will be contacted by text or phone and asked to collect their child/ren. Such an early release will only be contemplated in very extreme circumstances.
In the event of snow some pathways will be cleared and salted. Parents, children and visitors will be made aware that pathways, even where cleared, do remain dangerous. Children will also be reminded of this in assembly. Before and after school opening hours, parents are responsible for ensuring their children do not slide on the school playground.
In icy conditions the caretaker will salt wide pathways as follows:
A) from the front gate to the front door
B) from the front gate to the Junior cloakroom door
C) from the front gate to the Infant cloakroom door
Where necessary, essential pathways will be maintained as clear as possible throughout the day.
On school days, even when the school is closed to pupils, the pathways will still be maintained during snow and icy weather on a daily basis by the caretaker, so as to prevent build-up of ice and snow.
During significant adverse weather conditions, the school will be open from 8.40am for parents to bring their children inside. During adverse weather conditions, the playground may be out of bounds to parents and children at the beginning and end of school, and if the Head Teacher decides it necessary, at break times as well.
In the Head Teacher’s absence the senior teacher on site will assume responsibility for making all decisions relating to the Adverse Weather Policy.