Extreme Weather Guidance

Bad weather (particularly snow) is a rare event for Christ’s School. However, when it does happen, it can be very disruptive. In the event of snow, parents may wish to contact the school however, we would ask that you wait for the School to contact you via SchoolComms text and/or email. We will also update information on the school website regularly in such circumstances and will update our status on Open Check. We may also use Radio Jackie in certain circumstances.

If snow has fallen overnight, or conditions are deteriorating in the morning, a decision as to whether the school will be closed will be made and broadcast to you by 7.30am. Please do not call the school switchboard at this time as it is unlikely to be manned or we may be using all the lines to monitor the situation.

Please always assume that school is open unless you receive information to the contrary. Students should allow additional time for travel if roads and pavements are slippery but passable and should not seek to excuse themselves because they did not allow for the conditions. We would ask parents to ensure that students leave home on such mornings or when cold/poor weather is forecast in appropriate footwear and suitable additional clothing. If transport is severely disrupted or you feel your child’s safety is genuinely compromised we would ask you to notify us of lateness or absence in the normal way.

If a decision has to be made to close the school during the day after students have arrived but before the normal closing time, we will contact you and keep you updated using SchoolComms and, in extreme circumstances only, may allow the students to make supervised contact with you from their own mobile devices regarding transport home.

We will make every attempt to ensure all students make contact with parents or a suitable family member. Students should not leave school unless a family member has been contacted and we will keep students safe on the premises until they tell us they have been able to contact home. As far as possible we would ask you not to travel to pick up your child if you would not normally do so as this may create additional problems and delays on nearby roads.

Please be assured that the safety of the students is of paramount importance, so we will be continually monitoring the situation and seeking reliable advice from local transport providers and other schools in the area on a continuous basis. We ask you not to anticipate closure by contacting your child by phone or text as they are not allowed to use their phones during lessons.