Our emergency closure procedure is in place should school be forced to close due to snow, flooding or bad weather. We had to close school early on 21st November 2013 due to the River Stour bursting its banks at the bridge and in Tredington, and impending flooding. Many schools in South Warwickshire also closed in April 2016 due to flooding. We last had snow days in December 2017 and March 2018 where these procedures were used effectively.
For occasions such as the ones above, I will be in regular (early morning) consultation with Mrs. Barker (Chair of Trustees), Mr. Roberts Associate Headteacher) and Mr. Cornock (Caretaker). I will endeavour to make a decision as early as possible but this cannot always be guaranteed. This will be communicated in a number of ways: -
- School website - http://www.shipston.warwickshire.sch.uk/latest-news
- School text message/email - it is parents’ responsibility to make sure the school office always has the most up-to-date contact details, including emergency contacts. You can update your contact details via the Parent Lite app or online at http://www.shipston.warwickshire.sch.uk/Update-Contact-Details
- School Twitter - http://twitter.com/shipstonhead (@shipstonhead).
- Warwickshire LA website - http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures (where parents can subscribe to the County Council’s text messaging service).
- Warwickshire Twitter - http://twitter.com/wccschoolclosed (@wccschoolclosed)
- Radio - Touch 102FM and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire 94.8FM and 103.7FM.
If a decision is made to close our school early during the day, our text messaging system will be used. We will also update the website and tweet immediately. Children will NOT be allowed to be collected by another adult unless parents have contacted the school to confirm this, OR they are listed as an emergency contact.
If school remains open but the playgrounds are icy and deemed too dangerous we will inform you by email or text. It is normally the rear of the school that is most affected by ice and when these slippy conditions occur we lock the rear of the school and advise that children should enter school through the front of the main building. The Hall doors will be open for children in Years 2-6; Reception children will be able to enter school through the normal entrance; Year 1 pupils should enter through their classroomʼs back doors. Mr. Cornock follows a gritting route procedure in order of priority. He will not grit beyond the school site, however members of the public are encouraged to use the public yellow gritting bins to salt paths and roads. Government guidance states that "You can clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. It’s unlikely that you’ll be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you’ve cleared it carefully."
The decision to close is not one taken lightly, but I have to consider the safety of pupils, parents and the staff, many of whom do not live locally. Thank you, in anticipation for your patience, co-operation and understanding!
In icy or snowy weather, Mr. Cornock grits the pathways on the school site.
- Main driveway and path to the school office, round to Reception classes entrance.
- Driftway entrance, round to Reception classes entrance and Year 1 back doors.
- Tilemans Lane car park gate to Hall entrance.
- The rear school playgrounds are usually closed in snowy weather.
Please take extra care as even when cleared, paths can still remain dangerous. Children will also be reminded of this in assembly. As a reminder before and after school opening hours parents are responsible for ensuring their children do not run or slide on the school playground. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Dave Faulkner from our grounds maintenance contractor Lawns2Mow has a snow plough and will be on standby to clear the car park, playgrounds and roads surrounding the school site should we have any snow.