ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL GUIDANCE ON SCHOOL CLOSURES
School Information Line Tel: 0870 054 4999 then enter Barthol Chapel School PIN : 021330
Aberdeenshire Council Website – www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/closures
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When will schools be closed?
Mr Anderson will decide if and when Barthol Chapel School should close due to bad weather or another emergency. In bad weather he will decide this after receiving information about local weather conditions. This decision can be made during any time, day or night. During bad weather some staff may not be able to get to school – so the school may have to close because there are too few teachers present.
If you are concerned about local weather conditions contact the school. You may wish to collect your child yourself and are free to do so provided you make arrangements with the school. If the school is to close early, the school will contact you by telephone. If this is not possible the school will contact your named ‘emergency contact’. No child will be released from school without contact being made. It is important contact details are current and the people named are available – particularly during bad weather.
We want to work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure the safety of children at all times. These guidelines outline the procedures for dealing with school closures during bad weather or other emergency.
We would like you to:
- Ensure your child wears appropriate outdoor clothes throughout the winter.
- Decide whether it is safe for your child to travel to school in bad weather, either by school transport or on foot.
- Provide the school with information about emergency contacts to whom your child can be sent at short notice if you are not available. Also tell the school about any changes to this information and to your daytime contact details.
School Transport in Adverse Weather
During periods of adverse weather some or all home-to-school transport services may not operate, or alternatively operate a curtailed service depending upon local road conditions. Any decision to cancel or amend the operation of some or all school transport services to Barthol Chapel School will be made by the bus operator following consultation with the head teacher, Mr Anderson and will have regard to the prevailing and forecast weather and road conditions along with any advice from Police Scotland and/or any other appropriate agency.
In the event of the journey to school being cancelled by the operator on the grounds of adverse weather conditions, the operator will not be responsible for conveying pupils home in the afternoon. In such circumstances, parents of pupils who normally travel on school transport are asked not to bring their children to school themselves.
Should parents ignore this advice and, at their own risk, choose to bring their children to school the parents then become responsible for conveying their children home again at the end of the school day, or earlier, if it becomes necessary to send all pupils home and close the school due to worsening weather conditions.
Information will normally be posted on the council’s school closure web pages and Schools Information Line. However, it is not always possible to alert parents of service cancellations or route variations within a short timescale, depending upon developing localised weather conditions. As such pupils should wait no longer than 20 minutes at the designated pick-up point, and, if no school transport vehicle arrives, then return home.
It is clearly important that parents/carers retain a means of communication with their children should the school transport service not operate, and it must be stressed that the responsibility for the safety and welfare of children prior to boarding the school transport service remains with the parent or carer.
Public Transport Unit (9am – 5pm) 01224 665194
Early closure of school
Should weather conditions deteriorate significantly during the course of the school day, Mr Anderson may decide to close the school to all pupils or to those who travel by school transport. In such circumstances, operators are required to provide the necessary vehicles to transport the pupils home at the earliest opportunity.