Emergency Closure Plan

The safety of students at the school is our primary concern, and this will remain our priority throughout any decisions taken. The teaching and learning of students is vital but we acknowledge there will be times when children’s safety is at risk and the school may need to close. A decision concerning closure will be made in conjunction with various agencies including those that organise buses that serve the school.

Procedures in the event of snow:

• On Day 1 of snowfall, we will try to be open if the health and safety of students and staff is not compromised. If the school will be closed, we will post a notice on the school’s website by 7.00am and on the school Twitter account stating closure. Information will also be supplied to Radio Leeds and to Calderdale Council’s Schools Emergency Closure website. If the decision is taken to close the school a text message will be sent to those parents for whom we have a mobile telephone number.
• If the school is open it is your decision whether or not to send your son or daughter to school, and our guidance here is that if, in your judgement, your child would be in danger if you sent him or her to school, we would wish you to keep your child at home. Only you can make that decision, and it depends very much on where you live.
• We understand that some students may arrive late if conditions are difficult, but we prefer lateness to absence, except where you judge that your child would be in danger and is kept at home.

• All students should come with plans to:

– walk if necessary
– pay bus fares if necessary
– meet parents at a pre-arranged venue
– if they have a mobile phone ensure it is fully charged
– use a friend’s house (if they live near to the school) as a base if necessary

• If the school has to close early, or if further snowfall occurs, and we decide to close the school on Day 2 or Day 3 as a result of heavy snow and/or icy conditions, a notice will be put on the school website, twitter and Calderdale Council’s School Emergency Closure website. Announcements are also made on Radio Leeds on a regular basis and parents and students will need to listen at the times specified by the stations. If the decision is taken to close the school a text message will be sent to those parents for whom we have a mobile telephone number.
• It is unlikely that any students in Years 7 to 11 will be sent home before lunch on the first day of heavy snowfall. If a decision is made to close the school, students with mobile phones will notify their parents as to the instructions for departing. All students shall remain on site under supervision until they have either left on a school bus, been collected by parents or have parental permission (verbal or written) to make their own way home.
• Parents should please NOT ring school to find out what the position is re early closure. This simply means that our lines become blocked and no one can ring in or out.

Procedures in the event of flooding:

• A number of students may live in areas that are affected by flooding and, therefore, parents may decide they want their child/ren to leave early. The school will not make the decision to send children home in this instance.

• A child will only be released early upon collection or telephone contact from the legal guardian followed up with an email.

• All students should come with plans to:
– walk if necessary
– pay bus fares if necessary
– meet parents at a pre-arranged venue
– if they have a mobile phone ensure it is fully charged
– use a friend’s house (if they live near to the school) as a base if necessary

Procedures in the event of unforeseen circumstances:

• There may be occasions where the school needs to close for other reasons, for example; electrical, heating or water failures. In these circumstances, announcements will be made on the school website and a text message will be sent to parents for those parents we have a mobile telephone number.
• It is unlikely that any students in Years 7 to 11 will be sent home before lunch unless it would be unsafe to remain on school premises. If a decision is made to close the school, students will notify their parents as to the instructions for departing. All students shall remain on site under supervision until they have either left on a school bus, been collected by parents or have parental permission to make their own way home.