Emergency Closure and Severe Weather

The school requires the name of a neighbour or relative who is willing to look after a child should parents be unobtainable.

The following information is a guide to parents on how to gain information about the ‘open/closed’ status of the school during severe weather conditions

Due to severe weather conditions the school may not open. To gain information about the current situation parents can do the following:

  1. Phone the Highland Council School Information Line. Each school will have a special pin number; this will give parents information about the situation regarding their school.

  Telephone number: 0800 564 2272

  Abernethy pin number: 041290

  1. Listen to BBC Radio Highland or Moray Firth Radio who broadcast school closures during their morning shows.
  2. Login to the Council’s website: http://www.highland.gov.uk

Local radio stations issue news and weather bulletins on traffic conditions       and school closures. Transmissions may not cover all households and may be subject to re-scheduling but should be helpful. Parents are advised to remain “tuned in” to ongoing road weather, or school information updates

Broadcast time

BBC Radio Highland

6.55am – 7.00am12.55pm – 1.00pm7.50pm–8.00pm

4.55pm–5.00pm

In extreme conditions Radio Highland will interrupt Radio Scotland transmissions, usually on the hour, to carry emergency bulletins.

Moray Firth Radio

Normally hourly news bulletins and half-hourly summaries will carry local information on weather, roads and conditions affecting schools.     In severe conditions normal programs will be interrupted more frequently to carry emergency bulletins.

3. If your child travels to school by taxi, you should contact your driver.   The school will have informed them about closure due to snow.

If the school closes during the day parents or emergency contacts will be notified and asked to transport children home. No pupils will be sent home until contact has been made with parents or emergency numbers.

It is the responsibility of parents or carers to decide if a pupil should attempt to travel to school, by transport or on foot, in adverse weather conditions. The Education Authority encourages full attendance at school but in severe weather conditions the safety of pupils is much more important.

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