Emergency Closure of School and Severe Weather Procedures
In exceptional circumstances, such as severe weather, heating or power failure, it may be necessary to close the school. Closing a school, especially due to bad weather, is always a difficult decision due to changeability of conditions.
At Grundisburgh Primary School, we follow the advice from the Local Authority that has been issued to all schools and any decision to close is based on the safety of the school site, ability to provide a warm environment and sufficient staffing, transport arrangements and the day's weather forecast. The school may close for the whole day or open later and/or close earlier.
In such an event, the school will aim to make an early decision - between 6:00am and 7:00am. We will use ParentMail as a means of communication, either by email or text. The home page of the school website, Twitter (@grundisburghsch) and Facebook will also be updated with the latest information. It is essential therefore that the school office has your up-to-date contact names and numbers and has been notified of any changes.
Local radio stations such as (Heart FM on 97.1 or 96.4, Radio Suffolk 95.5, 95.9, 103.9 or 104.6 FM) will be notified, although parents should be aware there can often be a delay in up-to-date information being broadcast on the radio stations and their websites.
Please do not phone the school to check if the school will be open as this will block the phone lines. If the school plans to close early because of severe weather or we have been informed that the bus company will be running their service earlier/later, we will contact parents via ParentMail and/or text.
Paths will be cleared as much as possible, but inevitably some areas may not be treated or may re-freeze after treatment, so please use the treated areas and take great care when bringing your children to school.
In the cold weather, children should, of course, come to school suitably dressed in warm clothes with a coat, hat, gloves etc. In the event of snow, they will also require a change of footwear (stout waterproof boots with a good grip or wellingtons) for outdoor use. If they don't have these, for safety reasons, they will not be allowed outside.