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Parents: Emergency Closure

Should the school need to close in an emergency situation (such as snow closure) then we will follow the guidance from the Local Authority linked below.  Supporting this, our own procedures include the following:

Emergency closure occur whilst school is in session:
The Headteacher will notify Governors and the Local Authority that the school will close.  The LA will inform local radio stations

  • An email and automated telephone call will be sent to parents to notify them of the school closure
  • Using student mobile phones or the school administrative phones, we will attempt to make contact with all parents/carers to grant permission to release their children from school.  Should we be unable to make contact with parents/carers: Students whose parent/carer has signed the consent form to release their child to go home in the case of an emergency school closure will be released from school. Students whose parent/carer has not signed the consent form will not be permitted to go home until direct telephone contact has been made between the tutor and parent.  (This may delay student departure from school and transport home on service buses)
  • Parents/carers will be informed via email, the school website and radio announcement regarding further closure days.


Emergency closure outside of school hours:

  • The Headteacher will notify Governors and the Local Authority that the school will close.  The LA will inform local radio stations
  • Parents/carers will be informed via email, school website and local radio announcement
  • Parents/carers will be informed via email, school website and radio announcement regarding further closure days.


Note: the school will make contact with parents/carers who have not signed the relevant consent form, requesting permission to release their child from school in the case of an emergency school closure.

Local authority guidance on school emergency closure

Letter from Headteacher and consent form - Word

Letter from Headteacher and consent form - PDF

 

 

Richard Lander School