Winter Weather Procedures
Many schools in South Warwickshire closed on Thursday 14th November 2019 due to flooding. We last had snow days in December 2017 and March 2018 where these procedures were used effectively.
For occasions such as the ones above, I will be in regular (early morning) consultation with Mrs. Young (Head of School), Jo Barker (Chair of Trustees) and Michelle Watkins (Caretaker). I will endeavour to make a decision as early as possible but this cannot always be guaranteed as we need information regarding the conditions in surrounding villages. It’s always useful if parents ring the school or contact me via social media or email if circumstances where you live are particularly challenging, especially with flooding.
A decision to close will be communicated in a number of ways:-
• School website - http://www.acornsprimary.co.uk
• SchoolPing message - it is parents responsibility to make sure the office have the most up-to-date contact details, including at least two emergency contacts.
• School Twitter - http://twitter.com/acornshead (@acornshead).
• Radio - Touch and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.
If a decision is made to close our school early during the day, our SchoolPing system will be used and we will update the website and tweet immediately. Children will NOT be allowed to be collected by another adult unless parents have contacted the school to confirm this (and dependent on COVID-19 national and local restrictions), OR they are listed as an emergency contact.
Mrs. Watkins follows a gritting route procedure in order of priority. She will not grit beyond the school site, however members of the public are encouraged to use the public yellow gritting bins to salt paths and roads. Government guidance states that "You can clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. It’s unlikely that you’ll be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you’ve cleared it carefully."
The decision to close is not one taken lightly, but I have to consider the safety of pupils, parents and staff, many of whom do not live locally. Dave Faulkner from grounds maintenance contractor Lawns2Mow has a snow plough and will be on standby to clear the car park, playground and School Close should we have any snow. Thank you, in anticipation for your patience, co-operation and understanding!
If there is a snow day, we can now revert to remote learning, but only after a good play in the snow!