We will endeavour to keep our school open and operating as normal. However, in the event of severe adverse weather it may be necessary to ‘make a decision’ to close the school for the safety of the children and staff. Following the Severe Weather Guidance from the DfE (Dec 2015), the following policy and procedure exists for Rednal Hill Junior School.
The decision to close will be made by the head teachers in consultation with the site manager and chairs of governors considering the following:
- Health and safety – will remaining open constitute a significant risk to pupils and/or staff.
- Availability of staff – has the severe weather meant that a significant number of staff have been unable to attend making it impossible to open.
Our first priority will always be to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of pupils, staff, parents and families.
Where practical, we will consider opening later in order to enable staff and children to have additional time to travel to school safely. We will clear paths within school to make access as safe as possible and will keep supplies of grit to support this.
School Closure Procedure:
- As soon as the decision to close school has been taken, we will inform you via our text service. This will be done as early as practicable.
- A headline message informing of the closure will also be posted on the School website www.rednalhilljuniors.com
- Listen to BBC Radio WM - 95.6FM where there will be regular updates.
- Closures will be listed on the BBC Radio WM website www.bbc.co.uk/wm.
- The site manager will be in school to advise parents and families, on arrival, that the school is closed
- Please be aware that the phone lines may not be answered because of staff not being able to make it into school. Please refer to the school website for updates. www.rednalhilljuniors.com
- The decision to reopen will be taken by the Site Manager & Heads. Parents will be informed via our text service & website