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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

Severe Weather

Clarification of arrangements during severe weather.

School will stay open if at all possible when there is severe weather such as deep/drifting snow, very high winds, or 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 school 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 Infomation is given out on, Heart FM (FM 103.1 MHz), and KMFM (FM 107.9 and 100.4).

All school closure information can also be found on www.kentclosures.co.uk.

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.

It is useful for pupils to carry mobiles when weather conditions are poor as it will help with quick communications. However, mobile phones will be carried at owner's risk.

On occasions, school meal services may be affected by weather conditions so it is a good idea for pupils to bring in extra food. Please ensure your son/daughter is appropriately clothed for cold/wet/windy weather and that shoes/boots have good grip for icy conditions.