Ickford School

Emergency Closure Procedure

There are three main types of possible emergency closure:

A. Due to weather conditions prevailing before school starts, e.g. overnight snow.

B. Emergency conditions occurring overnight, but unknown to parents, e.g. power failure, heating system broken down.

C. Emergency conditions arising during the day, e.g. serious fire.

In the event of the above, a ParentMail will be sent to all parents and a notice put on the school website.  Parents who do not have access to ParentMail will be telephoned.

Our procedures for each of the above categories is as follows:

Category A

  • Chairman of Governors informed.
  • Buckinghamshire County Council’s website http://www.buckscc.gov.uk Click on "Education", “Schools” on the left hand side and “Closures” under schools. If it seems likely the school will be closed, due to overnight snow, we suggest parents check the website first as information could be posted there before parents receive a phone call. 
  • ParentMail sent, notice put on School Website and necessary parents telephoned.
  • Local radio – BBC Thames Valley FM, Heart FM and Mix 96 informed for broadcast.
  • Coach Company informed.
  • Area Education Office informed.
  • If at all possible a member of staff will be on site to deal with any pupils who did not get the message.

 Category B

As above, but without Local radio.

Category C

  • Children will be kept on school site, or evacuated to Village Hall as appropriate.
  • Parents contacted to collect children.
  • Chairman of Governors informed.
  • Area Office informed.

In all categories it is possible that parents are not available.  Parents are asked to complete a form nominating another person (or persons) who they would be happy to look after their child in these circumstances.

In categories A and B, if the child has left home without their parents, they must report to school to be ‘checked off’, (even if they meet other pupils on the way who say the school is closed).  The member of staff at the school will check by phone if the parent (or nominated person) is available and advise them to expect the child, and to phone the school if the child does not arrive in a reasonable period of time. We are anxious to avoid the possible situation where a child returns to an empty house.

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