Severe Weather Plan

Dear Parents and Carers,

Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families

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. However, schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.

We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Platt CE Primary School will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by:

  • Gritting the pathways the night before and where possible in the morning
  • Adjustment to the entry and exit of the school maybe via the ramp only or a marked route on the playground.
  • Use of a working party to clear the school car park or ramp.
  • Keeping a salt stock in readiness.

How will we let you know if the school is closed?

If we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, I may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website. To determine whether Platt CE Primary School is open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk. Search for the school in the search box. The Kent Closures website may also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as nurseries, children’s centres and libraries. We also recommend parents sign up for Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an email alert to let parents know if Platt CE Primary School is closed. Local radio will sometimes provide information of school closures.  Where possible, we will also send a parentmail out about this and possible work for your child(ren) to complete.

What can you do to help?

  • Please visit kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
  • Please approach the school by foot where possible and unless stated keep the ramp free for parents and pupils to walk safely into school.
  • Check with the school to see whether you need to provide a packed lunch from home in case school meals cannot be provided.Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies or even a change of clothing. Bring a change of socks and shoes (wellies/boots will not be used in school)
  • If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back‐up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.
  • If you would be willing to be contacted to help clear the school car park or route to school early in the morning, please let the school office know.

Many thanks for your support in helping Platt CE Primary School remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.