Severe Weather Plan

Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families

 

During severe weather conditions the Governors and the Headteacher will make every effort to keep the school open.  The decision to close the school will only be taken in the interests of health and safety for the students and staff.  During periods of snow and ice salt will be spread and the main access routes will be cleared.

How will we let you me know if the school is closed?

Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website.  To determine whether Saint George’s School is open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk.  Search for the school in the search box.  The Kent Closures website can also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as nurseries, children’s centres and libraries.  We also recommend parents sign up for SMS/Email alerts on the Kent Closures website (please note there is a charge for SMS alerts).  This service will send an SMS or email alert to let parents know if Saint George’s School is closed.  Parents can also listen to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent or Heart FM to hear if the school has closed.  We will also update the school website to show if we are open or closed.

What if the weather deteriorates during the school day?

  • If weather deteriorates once school has opened an assessment will be made by the Headteacher.
  • Staff will be informed and lessons suspended allowing a return to tutor groups. A message will be conveyed to students that the site will be closing.  Students will be allowed to call home and tutors will ascertain which students (A) can travel, (B) which need to be picked up and (C) which have been unable to contact home.
  • If possible, the expectation is that students would travel home as normal, including by public transport, if safe, to reduce traffic congestion.
  • A message will be sent to parents via text, and put on the website.
  • Students (A) are dispatched immediately once tutors have confirmed. Students (B) are kept in form rooms with tutors until (A) have departed and then brought to the Hall to await pick up.  Tutors are dismissed by Senior Leadership Team when no longer needed.
  • Staff will continue to attempt contact with relatives of (C) or make alternative arrangements e.g. to stay with parents of friends.
  • A skeleton staff remain until all students have been collected.

What can you do to help?

  • Please visit kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
  • Please approach the school using the usual routes. Take extra care if you use the alley way between Wrotham Road and Meadow Road (going past Saint Mary’s Church) as this can be very precarious when icy.
  • Please can you provide a packed lunch from home in case school meals cannot be provided.
  • Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
  • If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back‐up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.

 

Many thanks for your support in helping Saint George’s School remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.