We are always prepared for the possibility of snow disruption during the winter and poor weather conditions.
Our key objective during the worst weather conditions is to open school on a site that is safe and adequately staffed. When we experience ice or snow our first priority is to assess whether we can make the site safe enough for adults and children.
Although we keep up-to-date with forecasts and weather warnings, some snow and ice conditions can be quite localised. What appears to be 'slushy' snow at school can be compacted very quickly on frozen ground when children are walking on it, or there may be severe snow around school but little where you live.
When there is a possibility that school may not be able to open we will assess the following criteria:
- Can the site be made safe and is there safe access to the site?
- Will we have sufficient staff to meet safe and appropriate adult to child ratios?
- Are the school busses running?
- Can we provide meals at lunchtime?
When we are confident we have an adequate number of staff and accessibility to school is safe, we will open.
We will text or email all parents to let you know whether school is open or closed as soon as a decision has been made via ParentMail.
Local radio stations will broadcast (and add to their website) a list of schools that are closed or partially closed. They will do this very quickly; this is the best way to check whether or not we are open or closed. Listen to BBC Radio Northampton, Heart FM Northamptonshire and Rugby FM for details.
As soon as possible we will update the school website twitter account and Facebook page as to what is happening. The news flash will appear on the front page of our website. Our website address is www.guilsboroughprimary.co.uk
The school closure will also be advertised on the PDET website, under latest news : https://www.pdet.org.uk/
The Northamptonshire County Council's school closures procedure has changed since last winter (2017). There will be no school closure facility on the NCC website – schools are advised to use their own websites to let parents and guardians know of any closures.