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Severe weather guidance

Procedures for Severe Weather 

In the event of severe weather conditions, unsafe conditions may prevent pupils and staff from being able to get to school. Furthermore, severe conditions could affect school heating, hot water systems, sanitation, cause burst pipes and floods or prevent the delivery of food for school meals. 

1. Severe Weather

In the event of severe weather such as deep/drifting snow, very high winds or widespread flooding, the school may need to close. Parents/carers need to decide if the journey is safe as severe weather may affect transport and walking conditions. Parents/carers should inform school if their child is absent due to severe conditions making the school journey unsafe. Please consider this carefully and only keep children at home if conditions are unsafe.

2. Severe weather school closure

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School will only close if, following a risk assessment, the safety of pupils and staff is at risk, or if heating and sanitation fail. As soon as reasonably possible, school will communicate this information, using the following means of communication:

3. Re-opening

We will use the same means of contact as in No.2 above to inform parents/carers that school will re-open.

4. How parents can help 

If the children are in school, please come to school wearing appropriate warm and waterproof clothing and footwear, and also bring a spare pair of socks.

Please refrain from telephoning the school to see if the school is open, all messages will be communicated at the earliest opportunity using the communication detailed in point 2.

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040


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