Winter Planning Guidance
“Schools should, wherever possible, stay open in severe weather. They play a key role in their communities and by staying open help both their pupils and parents”
(Department for Education)
As a fundamental principle, every effort is made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However, there will be circumstances where schools may have to close due to unavoidable circumstances. All schools have to be prepared for severe snow and ice and will ensure that all parents are made aware of the school’s closure as early as possible.
There are a few ways Woodchurch CEP School will keep in touch with you:
- ParentMail (our text service to parents – please always make sure that the school has your up-to-date details so that we can contact you)
- The school website – www.woodchurch.kent.sch.uk
- Twitter updates. Follow us @WoodchurchCEP
- Parents can also go online to see if the school is closed at www.kentclosures.co.uk
The Kent Closures website will also display closures of a number of services including libraries, nurseries and Children’s Centres.
Parents can also hear about school closures by listening to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent and Heart FM.
Parents may want to sign up for the SMS or email alerts on www.kentclosures.co.uk
Please be aware there is a charge for these SMS alerts (not for emails).
If a decision is made to close the school, the headteacher will log in to the above website and change the status of the school to “open”, “closed” or “partially closed”. This information will then be displayed on the website for parents and staff. In addition, when the status of a school is changed the information is shared with Kent radio stations so the closures can be broadcast.
I hope the above information is useful; if you have any questions concerning winter planning and school closures, please contact the School Office.