Snow and Bad Weather Advice

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 in consultation with the Chair of Governors.

The school will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:

1. Insufficient members of 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 Head Teacher will inform Wirral Borough Council (Health & Safety ). The local media will then broadcast details (Heart FM).

2. 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 and/or make themselves aware of the local radio broadcasts when it is clear that a closure is a possibility.

3. In the event of the school having to close during the day due to unforeseen worsening weather or similar unforeseen circumstances, the school will endeavour to contact parents by email and they will be asked to collect their child/ren. Such an early release will only be contemplated in very extreme circumstances. Parents may not pick up any child(ren) other than their own without the express permission of the Head Teacher or her designated representative.

4. On school days where the school is closed to pupils but safe for the site manager to access, the pathway will continue to be maintained on a daily basis by the site manager, so as to keep the pathways clear and prevent build-up of ice and snow.

During Bad Weather:

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 risk their child being registered as an un-authorised absence. Where the school is officially closed, all absence is counted as authorised absence.

T. 0151 327 2215 E. schooloffice@raeburn.wirral.sch.uk