We are sure that you are aware of the wintery weather that has been predicted for the UK this weekend. There is no knowing of course how bad it may or may not be, and we are not expecting to have to close the school, but…it doesn’t hurt to remind everyone of our winter weather procedures should Essex turn into Siberia in the near future.
It’s that time of year again, so I thought that I would write to all families just to remind you of our emergency procedures in the event of bad weather.
First of all, please could you ensure that children come to school in their coats – I know this sounds very obvious, but I have seen so many children in school today without a coat (or just a fleece), and it’s really, really cold!
Secondly, in the event of a severe snowfall for example, due to the fact that most of our teaching staff live outside the local area, the school could be forced to temporarily close. Any closure would be reported through BBC Radio Essex and www.bbc.co.uk/essex. Of course, as soon as the school is ready to re-open in the event of a closure, you will be notified via the same source. I know that Mr Handy will also make sure that our school website is regularly updated with up-to-the-minute information: www.holytrinityhalstead.com so I would urge you to use our website as your first source of guidance. Last year it was updated within seconds of a decision being made.
The severity of the weather is not always the factor that determines whether we close or not, it is often the impact the weather has upon our travel systems and safety in and around the school grounds. In 2010 we were forced to close largely due to the treacherous roads and condition of the footpaths around the school. We have large stores of salt and grit, which will be used to anticipate snowfall, but if we have a moderate to heavy fall of snow gritting is largely ineffective (as you can often see by the condition of our roads).
I will always try to make a decision as early as possible to enable you to plan and make childcare arrangements – but due to the unpredictable nature of our weather I cannot always do this.
I apologise in advance if the weather results in disruption but I will only close our school as a last resort, however my priority at all times must remain the safety of our children, parents and staff.
Mr Jon Smith