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Emergency School Closure

In case of adverse weather conditions which may result in closure of the school, I would like to make you aware of the emergency school closure procedures. Closure of the school is not made lightly and if it is at all possible to keep the school open, we will.
The criterion used for a decision to close the school is listed below for your
information. In the case of extreme weather, a risk assessment is made by the Headteacher in consultation with the Chair of Governors. The facts considered are:

Are there sufficient staff able to get to school in order to ensure safe child/adult ratios?
Do conditions on school grounds pose a risk to the health and safety of pupils, parents and staff?
Is the temperature in school within accepted guidelines, and are all facilities (water, electricity, toilets and kitchen) operational?

Are conditions forecast to worsen, which may put staff and parents driving home at risk?
Having assessed these risks, once a decision is made to close the school, Cornwall Council is notified and information is automatically passed to BBC Radio Cornwall, Heart FM and Pirate FM who announce the notice on their website and over the air. Our own school website  will also be updated with information as soon as is practical, with emergency information to be found on the home page. Information in the case of school closure will also be texted to parents.

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