We hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas break. Although we have been spared the snow that has affected the North of England it’s always possible we’ll have snow over the coming weeks and so here’s a reminder of our emergency procedures in the event of bad weather.
In the event of a severe snowfall, 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 the text alert system, Facebook, Twitter and school website is regularly updated with up-to-the-minute information: www.holytrinityhalstead.com.
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 both 2010 and 2012 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.
Jon Smith (Headteacher)