Snow Policy and Procedures - Information for Parents.
In the event of disruption caused by heavy snow the prime concern of the school must always be the safety of the pupils and staff.
If heavy snow falls overnight and continues into the following day, parents are asked to observe the following procedures. The decision as to whether or not to send a pupil to school, however, must be at the discretion of the parents, taking into account factors such as local road conditions and the availability of child-care.
The decision to close the school will take account of the safety of all our pupils and staff, some of whom travel a great distance to school each day. The Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, in consultation with the governors where possible, will consider safety in relation both to travel, and to the situation within the school, where physical conditions and levels of supervision need to be suitable if the school is to stay open.
The Head Teacher will contact Heart FM to ask them to broadcast any information about school closure, on air and via their website.
Information will also be placed on the homepage of the school’s website, which we ask parents to check for updates (www.stmarys.brighton-hove.sch.uk)
Where possible and practicable, a text message will be sent to provide an update.
Once the school is open, we will aim to remain open until the end of the normal school day at 3pm. In the event of extreme weather during the day resulting in some pupils being collected early, normal lessons may be curtailed and the remaining pupils assembled in groups under the supervision of authorised members of staff to await further instructions.
Unless parents give specific permission that their children may make their own way home, children will continue to be looked after at school.
Under these circumstances, and if parents are concerned, they are welcome to collect their children early. As telephone lines can become extremely busy at such times, parents must call into the school office to sign children out. We do not feel that during snow conditions it is appropriate for children to walk home unsupervised.
If at all possible, parents are advised that it is better to avoid bringing vehicles into Vale Gardens, as the road can become treacherous in snowy conditions.
Children should not bring cycles or scooters to school, to help reduce risks for themselves and others.
To provide parents with information during the day, updated information will be placed on the website.