Severe Weather Plan
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.
We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Barrow VC Primary School will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting, clearing access points etc. During the winter if there is a fall of heavy snow overnight the school staff will monitor the situation and seek information from the Met office; local education authority and we will also consult Governors and other local schools in the area.
As a fundamental principle every effort will be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However our school may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.
Our view is that the school should be open to all pupils at all times and any decision to close would be in extreme cases only.
If this happens information will be made available to tell you of the school closure via:
- Text messaging service Teachers2Parents (so please ensure we have an up to date mobile phone number)
- School website: this will be changed regularly with updates as they are known and Open/Closed information will be shown clearly on the first page by 8.00am every morning: (www.barrow.lancs.sch.uk)
- Local media: Radio Lancashire and other local TV & radio stations
Be assured that we will always endeavour to open school where safety permits.
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 our School remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.