Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.
As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However, schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.
We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. At Bishop Chavasse we will make every effort to prepare for severe snow and ice this winter by ensuring that paths, steps and ramps are gritted, accessible and free from snow.
If we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, Mrs Hood may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via our school website, email, Facebook account and the Kent Closures website. To determine whether Bishop Chavasse is open or closed please visit https://www.kentclosures.co.uk then search for the school in the search box. The Kent Closures website may also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as nurseries, children’s centres and libraries. We also recommend parents sign up for email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an email alert to let parents know if Bishop Chavasse is closed. Local radio will sometimes provide information of school closures.
Many thanks for your support in helping our school remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.