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Co-op Academy Glebe

Snow Closure Policy

Academy Owner:

Mandy Hancock

Governor Owner:

Vicki England

Policy Date:

November 2023

Review Date:

November 2024

Frequency: 

Annual 

Snow Policy Winter 2023-2024

When the local area experiences severe snow or icy conditions Co-op Academy Glebe will aim to remain open as long as:  

 

  1. The site is safe to access.  
  2. There are enough staff to safely supervise the children.  
  3. Meals can be offered (this may include a cold alternative).  
  4. A member of the senior management team is on site.  

 

The decision to close the school can only be taken by the Head of School however the school will aim, wherever possible, to stay open to ensure continuity of education. Notification of closure will be through text message, the school website and the Stoke School Closure link. It is vital that parents read the message themselves rather than rely on a verbal version from others as arrangements may be very specific and change from day to day.  

The senior member of staff on site will organise the staffing allocations irrespective of normal responsibilities. The priorities will be the safe supervision of the children and the continuity of education.  

Alternatives to closing the school include:  

  • Late start  
  • Early finish  
  • Access for a restricted group of pupils  

 

Managing the site:  

When the site is snowy or icy a small number of designated access routes will be identified and kept clear and gritted, by the Premises Officer. These routes will be routinely publicised to parents. Thick snow may not be cleared as this can be safer than a cleared route that has frozen. Compacted snow will be cleared by shovel and ice will be gritted. Outdoor play times will still take place as long as the senior member of staff on site, in consultation with the Site Manager, deems it safe to do so. Pupils will be asked to wear suitable clothes and footwear that complements their school uniform. They should also bring some changes of clothing, including socks. 

Procedures in the event of heavy snow: 

The decision to stay open or close the school is made by 7.30 a.m. where possible. This will be based on whether:  

  1. The site is safe to access.  
  2. There are enough staff to safely supervise the children.  
  3. Meals can be offered (this may include a cold alternative).  
  4. A member of the senior management team is on site. 

 

Once the decision to close is made, it cannot be reversed, even if weather conditions improve. Please accept our apologies in advance if the decision turns out to be the wrong one but we have to decide on the basis of the information we have at the time and with enough notice to allow parents to make alternative arrangements.  

If the school needs to close, the Head of School will arrange for the following actions to be taken by 8:00am:  

  • We will send a text message announcing the school closure, to all parents who have provided us with their current mobile number at, or soon after, 7.30a.m.  
  • Website will be updated
  • Twitter account updated 
  • The Local Authority will be notified and their School Closures Page updated
  • Signal Radio will also announce details of all school closures as per the LA information. 

 

If the school remains open but the snowfall becomes heavier during the day, we will endeavour to stay open until 3.00pm. In the event that this becomes impossible, we will notify parents via text to collect their children. We will however, look after all children until they are collected, regardless of how late this may be.  

Parents can pick up children early but children will need to be "signed" out, with the usual requirements that we are informed by parents themselves if children are to go home with other adults.  

Children who ordinarily go home on their own must stay at school until home-time, unless otherwise advised by a parent.  

 

We advise parents/carers not to phone the Academy to ask if we are open/closed where possible to avoid blocking the phone line as this makes it even harder to cope with the complex situation in school.