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Extreme Weather Conditions

Date posted: November 30, 2015

Extreme Weather Conditions

Winter can present unpredictable weather conditions, our large and complex school site can make the start of the day difficult in ensuring the school is not only open but safe for children, parents and staff. On days when we experience snow and icy conditions the school will always endeavour to clear pedestrian walkways to the school building.

If the conditions are severe, the entire school site may not be cleared in time for 8.45am. On these occasions we will ensure that the pedestrian walkways to the front door of school via the pedestrian gate at Grove Road and the pedestrian gate at Lady Spencer Grove are clear for the start of the day.

With a split level site we cannot always guarantee that the pathway from the Abbey Orchard gate is safely cleared in time, as parents and children walk across two playgrounds and it encompasses many flights of steps. Health and safety is always a priority and our flights of stairs could prove dangerous in adverse conditions. I hope you can understand that we have parents and children’s safety in mind at all times if we do not open all three entrances to school. On such days, any assistance from parents is much appreciated, even from 7am or 8.45am.

To help you plan your journey to and from school on snowy and icy days it is best to rely on the clear access points of Grove Road and Lady Spencer Grove. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we try to provide a safe learning environment for your children.

School Closure Procedure

In the very rare event we were ever forced to close the school for health and safety reasons, please familiarise yourself with our school closure procedure. All parents would receive a text and an email if the school is closed, ideally between 6-7am, and notification may even be the night before.

A school closure will not be posted on the website or left on the school answering machine. You can also check if the school is closed on www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/schlife/schoolclose/ you should also listen to your local radio station.

The station will announce the school closures regularly throughout the ‘Drivetime’ slot in the morning and/or put a list of closed schools on their website if possible (please note that not all stations put the information on their website).

BBC Three Counties Radio 103.8fm/92.1fm/90.4fm/630mw/1161mw

Areas covered: The whole of Hertfordshire

www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/beds_bucks_and_herts/

Heart 96.6

Areas covered: Watford, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Rickmansworth, Berkhamstead, Redbourn, Borehamwood, Kings Langley, Radlett

www.heart.co.uk