Severe Weather – Emergency Closures
I would like to remind you of the procedures that we have in place in the event of a school closure. The fundamental consideration when considering a school closure will always be the safety of pupils.
In the event of a poor forecast the night before and severe conditions at the time, a decision may be taken early on a school day to close the school to all pupils. It is also possible that a decision may be taken to open the school only partially i.e. for those pupils who live locally, but not for those on school transport.
In the event of a bad weather forecast or conditions worsening significantly during a school day, a decision may be taken to send pupils home early. In many cases this will be because the bus companies have contacted the school to inform us that they require to transport pupils to rural locations. Pupils who are transported to school by school transport will be sent home first, then, if necessary, pupils who live locally. If it is unlikely that there would be someone at home at this earlier time, I would encourage you, over the forthcoming cold period, to make alternative care arrangements, and ensure your child is aware of these arrangements eg alternative contact telephone numbers. Please make sure that any changes to contact details are shared with the school.
Should severe weather conditions continue, the school may remain closed for more than one day. However, a separate decision will be taken each morning, and you should therefore re-check the sources below on any subsequent days.
In the event of an extended school closure, appropriate work for your child will be accessible via seesaw. Please let the school know asap if you require support with accessing iPads or internet.
Any decisions/updates will be communicated via the following sources:
Local Radio Stations - Radio Tay will be used in all instances and is the main source of information. The other stations will only be updated in the event that the severe weather is widespread and is not a localised situation:
|PKC website, Twitter and Facebook||www.pkc.gov.uk - go into the link ‘Information for you’ listed at the bottom of the page, and then into the link ‘school closures’.
You can also find information on Twitter and Facebook by logging onto www.pkc.gov.uk/socialmedia
|Perth and Kinross Council Customer Service Centre||(Available from 08:00 hours to 18:00 hours) However this line may operate from 07:00 hours in exceptional circumstances. Dial 01738 475000.|
|Radio Heartland||FM 97.5, 106.6
|Radio Central||FM 103.1
|Radio Tay Am||Frequency AM 1584 and 1161|
|Radio Tay Fm||FM 96.4 and 102.8|
|School Communication||School App – The first communication method to be updated will be the School App.
Email - We will endeavour to advise you of developing or actual situations via email.
Seesaw – We will try to communicate the information by seesaw message Twitter - @OurLadysPerth
Mrs Lynne Mendes