Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families
Sun, 5th Jan 2020
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Pre-Schools/Schools etc are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.
As a fundamental principle every effort will be made to keep the pre-school open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However the pre-school may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances’ being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be on the school site.
We recognise that it is important our pre-school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. The Owl Pre- School will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting our outside area and clearing access points.
However, if we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, the management may have to take the decision to close the pre-school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via Tapestry, our Website and the Kent Closures website. To determine whether the Owl Pre-School is open or closed please visit your Tapestry login, http://www.owlpreschool.co.uk or www.kentclosures.co.uk. The Kent Closures website can also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as schools, children’s centres and libraries. We also recommend parents sign up for Text SMS/Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an Text SMS or email alert to let parents know if The Owl Pre - School is closed. Parents can also listen to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent or Heart FM to hear if the pre-school has closed.
What can you do to help?
• Please visit http://www.kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
• Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
• If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a backup plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the pre-school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.
Many thanks, in advance, for your support during periods of severe snow/ice.