SEVERE SNOW/ICE PLAN FOR PARENTS & FAMILIES
“Schools should, wherever possible, stay open in severe weather. They play a key role in their communities and by staying open help both their pupils and parents.” – Department for Education
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 that our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. St. Augustine’s will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting pathways and clearing access points.
HOW WILL WE LET YOU KNOW IF THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED?
However, if we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, our headteacher 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 St. Augustine’s is open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk. Search for the school in the search box. The Kent Closures website can 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 SMS/Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an SMS or email alert to let parents know if St. Augustine’s is closed. Parents can also check our school website and we will use our texting service as well.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
Please visit www.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 walking up St. John’s Road. Cars must not come on site as St. John’s Road and the turning circle will not be cleared or gritted. We will clear an access pathway into the school building.
Please can you provide a packed lunch from home in case school meals cannot be prepared.
Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies, etc. or even a change or clothing.
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 school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if the weather dictates.
Many thanks for your support in helping St. Augustine’s remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.
ST. AUGUSTINE'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our School Motto:
In Omnia Caritas
'In All Things Love'
All in our school are special and unique. We welcome everyone into our community. We value and respect one another's gifts for the contribution they make to our daily lives. In all we do, we give thanks to God for his blessings and ask that with His grace, we can work together to fulfil every child's spiritual, social and academic potential.
We are a one-form entry (5-11) Catholic Primary School located in Brockhill Country Park, between Hythe and Saltwood, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We enjoy spectacular views across the coastline from our light and spacious classrooms. We aim to provide a balanced, broad and creative curriculum and our dedicated staff work together to ensure that every child is valued and supported to achieve their full potential. Children of other faiths and backgrounds are warmly welcomed into our school community, in accordance with our Admissions Policy.
We hope you find the information on this site useful. Please feel free to call the school office for any further information on telephone number 01303 266578 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prospective parents are very welcome to visit and I will be pleased to show you around.
Visits may be arranged through the school office.
Mr. K. McConnell
Our school Prayer :
Father in heaven, you love me,
You are with me night and day.
I want to love you always
In all I do and say.
I’ll try to please you, Father,
Bless me through the day. Amen