Academy Closure

Adverse Weather Conditions Policy

1. Overview

The Academy will make every effort to remain open whenever possible.

The decision to close will be made by the Principal. The Academy will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • Insufficient staff are able to get here in order to provide a safe level of supervision
  • The site is considered dangerous
  • Conditions are considered to be or are anticipated to later become too hazardous to travel

2. Heavy snow before the school day starts

Parents

When closure is a possibility parents should check whether the Academy is open by looking at the website and the Facebook and Twitter pages.

If it is decided that the Academy is open but the road conditions are difficult, parents should ring the Academy to advise they are likely to be late.

If parents assume the Academyis closed but it is actually open, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

The Academy

The Principal will decide whether the Academy will open, taking into account the conditions of the site and the ability of staff to get there.

If the Principal decides the school will close, a message will be added to our website, Facebook and Twitter and a ParentMail message will be sent to parents.

The Academy fully appreciates that in bad weather children may arrive later than usual.

3. Exceptional Circumstances

The Academy recognises that there may be cases where outlying villages are “cut off”. In such cases parents should advise the Academy of their particular circumstances.

4. In the event of heavy snowfall during the school day

If there is heavy snowfall during the school day the Principal will decide whether it is necessary to close the school.

If closure is necessary, parents will be informed via a ParentMail message and text. A message will also be added to our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

If a parent rings requesting to pick up their child early and the decision has not been made to close the school, the request will be considered on an individual basis by the Principal.