Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.

As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However, schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.

We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Bearsted Primary Academy will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by site pathways and car park. 

How will we let you know if the school is closed?

If we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, Miss Barnden will notify parents via the Kent Closures website. To determine whether Bearsted Primary Academy is open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk. Search for the school in the search box. The Kent Closures website may also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as nurseries, children’s centres and libraries. We also recommend parents sign up for Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an email alert to let parents know if Bearsted Primary Academy is closed. Local radio will sometimes provide information on school closures.

We will also update our social media sites (Instagram & Facebook) to confirm whether we are open or closed and with any information we deem necessary.

What can you do to help?

  • Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
  • We will let you know whether a packed lunch from home is required, in case school meals cannot be provided.
  • Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.  If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back‐up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.

Many thanks for your support in helping Bearsted Primary Academy remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Miss C Barnden

Principal