When we refer to severe winter weather, we really do mean ‘severe’ snow rather than a ‘slight flurry’. If we do decide that we need to close the school as a result of bad snow or bad road conditions this is not a decision that we take lightly. If circumstances are such that you think there is a possibility that we may be forced to close either first thing in the morning or during the day, we would please ask you to check the following:
Come to this school’s website to see if a message has been posted on the home page – but bear in mind that if the the admin team cannot get into school then the website will not be updated so this is not the most reliable method.
We will also endeavor to contact our parents and carers via the ‘T2P’ text and email service.
You can tune into the local radio stations listed below where closure information will be broadcast on a regular basis (note that BBC Essex’s website is updated before any broadcasts). Take into account the fact that the radio station will not be the quickest way of finding out what decision we have made, because in these situations their telephone lines are incredibly busy. It can take us up to 20-30 minutes to get connected, and then the message will only be broadcast in the next ’round’ of announcements.
BBC Essex: 103.5 FM / 729 AM
Dream 100: 100.2 FM
Buses and Taxis
Our bus contractors to Point Clear and our contract taxis have the right to make their own decisions about whether or not their transport will run, so please be aware that even if school is open as normal, there is a possibility that the contract transport may not come to some areas of our catchment.
If weather conditions should deteriorate badly once the children are already in school please first check the school’s website to check for any new message that has been posted on the home page. Please try to avoid calling the school office for information. It is very difficult to function with such a high volume of incoming calls. Parents will receive an email and text message through the ‘T2P’ text service.
If we decide we must close early, we will inform the radio stations (again, BBC Essex will update their website before any broadcasts take place) and also text & email parents.