When the MET Office issue weather warnings they often send a message directly to schools. When this happens we will let everyone know via the school website news page, and via the mobile APP. This is so that our families and staff can take extra care when travelling to school, knowing what to expect with regard to the weather. We hope that this is helpful to everyone.
Keeping the school open is our main priority. However, there are times when we have to close due to adverse weather. On occasions the decision is quite straightforward because the weather and the access to school is so dangerous. On most occasions however, we have to do complex risk assessments before we can make a decision. When this happens during the school day we talk to staff, and consult with the Chair of Governors before we make a decision. When the ice or snow happens overnight we apply a different plan. Governors who live locally visit the school as soon as possible and early in the morning to assess risk. They consult with the Site Manager, Head Teacher and Chair of Governors before making a decision.
As soon as a decision is made we aim to inform families and staff. We do this in a range of ways. We telephone Radio Leeds and ask them to announce on live radio. They usually do this at a quarter and quarter to the hour.
At these times Radio Aire will also read out the list of closed schools, however if the list gets larger than 50 schools the presenter will cease to read a list on air but will explain that the entire list is at radioaire.com. The list on the Radio Aire website will be updated every ten minutes and all schools will be listed on here whether they have been read out on air or not.
We aim to inform Leeds City Council and ask them to announce the closure on their websites. We aim to put a message on the News and Diary section of our website, send mobile app messages and send a text to everyone. We ask everyone to be aware that, despite our best plans, we sometimes have difficulty accessing the internet on snow days. When this happens we rely total upon Radio Leeds because all of the other methods require internet access.
Last of all, we ask everyone to remember that we do our best to keep school open and reduce impact of closure when it has to happen.