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EMERGENCY CLOSURES

ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL GUIDANCE ON SCHOOL CLOSURES

School Information Line Tel: 0870 054 4999 then enter Old Rayne School PIN : 022370

If you cannot get through first time, please do not put this number on redial. This will only lead to the line being busier.

Please note: Call charges to the School Information Line will depend on your contract with your telephone service provider, for example, calling from your home telephone may differ in price from calling from your mobile phone.

School Closure Due to Bad Weather or Other Emergency

We want to work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure the safety of children at all times. These guidelines outline the procedures for dealing with school closures during bad weather or other emergency.

 Parental Role

We would like you to:

  • Ensure your child wears appropriate outdoor clothes throughout the winter.
  • Decide whether it is safe for your child to travel to school in bad weather, either by school transport or on foot.
  • Provide the school with information about emergency contacts to whom your child can be sent at short notice if you are not available. Also tell the Head Teacher about any changes to this information and to your daytime contact details.

Provide the school with a bad weather address within safe walking distance of the school.

When will schools be closed?

Head Teachers decide if and when schools should close due to bad weather or another emergency. In bad weather they will decide this after receiving information about local weather conditions. This decision can be made during any time, day or night.

During bad weather some staff may not be able to get to school – so the school may have to close because there are too few teachers present.

If you are concerned about local weather conditions contact the school. You may wish to collect your child yourself and are free to do so provided you make arrangements with the school.

If the school is to close early, the school will contact you by telephone. If this is not possible the school will contact your named ‘emergency contact’.

No child will be released from school without contact being made. It is important contact details are current and the people named are available – particularly during bad weather.

Outwith school hours, your local radio station is a good place to find out information on school closures.