BAD WEATHER PROCEDURE
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.
As a fundamental principle, every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. At Lady Joanna Thornhill we will make every effort to remain open and prepare for severe conditions, however, there will be circumstances where we may have to close completely due to unavoidable circumstances, an example being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite. The cancellation or reduction of public transport or the inability to run a normal timetable due to staff absences are not in themselves, reasons for closure.
HOW WILL THE SCHOOL LET PARENTS KNOW IF THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED?
In the event of severe weather conditions, we will post our school status on the home page of our website as soon as a decision has been made. Should the decision to close the school be made, we will also send out a text and/or email to parents, carers and staff and add a message to the noticeboard section of the Teachers2Parents App.
We also advise parents/carers to register for alerts at Kent School Closures, and to listen to Heart FM (96.1) for updates. You can also visit www.kent.gov.uk/winter for information regarding salting routes, affected KCC services and travel issues.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP?