Monday 10th January 2017

Dear Parent / Carer
Re Severe Weather Conditions

I am writing to clarify arrangements for severe weather. Schools will stay open if at all possible when there is severe weather such as deep/drifting snow, very high winds, widespread flooding. Parents and carers have the responsibility of getting children/pupils to and from school safely and need to decide if the journey is safe when severe weather affects transport and/or walking conditions. Parents/carers should inform schools if their child is absent due to severe conditions making the journey unsafe. If your child has a disability and/or learning difficulty your decision to take the journey must take this into consideration. Please consider carefully and only keep children at home if conditions are unsafe.

On occasions, schools will need to close and a message will go out on Local Radio if the decision is made before 7.00 a.m. Local Radio information is given out on Radio Kent, Invicta Radio and KMFM.

Parents can also check the school website to see if the school is closed. This will be displayed by 7:30am.

If on the rare occasion school closes at a time within the school day, parents/carers will be informed by telephone.

Late opening and/or early closure is a possibility in poor weather conditions and schools will either inform parents the night before or via the Local Radio.

If conditions worsen in the school day and parents feel it is absolutely necessary to collect children, the school should if possible be contacted prior to collection. Please avoid collecting children before the end of the day unless you feel their safety is at risk.

Thank you for your kind attention in this matter.

Yours sincerely

Andrea Noake