What happens during severe weather?
Adverse Weather Closures
If we do decide that we need to close the school as a result of bad snow or bad road conditions this is not a decision that we take lightly. Adverse weather really does mean ‘severe’ as opposed to a slight flurry. If circumstances are such that you think there is a possibility that we may be forced to close either first thing in the morning or during the day, we would please ask you to check the following:
Come to this school’s website to see if a message has been posted on the home page.
You can tune into the local radio stations listed below where closure information will be broadcast on a regular basis (note that BBC Essex’s website is updated before any broadcasts). However, it can take us up to 20-30 minutes to get connected, and then the message will only be broadcast in the next ’round’ of announcements.
BBC Essex: 103.5 FM / 729 AM
Dream 100: 100.2 FM
If weather conditions should deteriorate badly once the children are already in school please first check the school’s website to check for any new message that has been posted on the home page. Please try to avoid calling the school office for information. It is very difficult to function with such a high volume of incoming calls.
If we decide we must close early, we will inform the radio stations (again, BBC Essex will update their website before any broadcasts take place) and also text & email parents.
What are the school opening times?
The school day
- School opens at 8.40 am
- Registration: 8.50 am
- Morning session: 8.50 am – 12.15 pm
- Lunch break: 12.15 pm – 1.15 pm
- Afternoon session: 1.15 pm – 3.15 pm
What is your Lateness Procedure?
- Our classrooms open at 8.40 am. Morning registration is at 8.50 am and we start learning right from this time, so please don’t be late!
- After the close of registration (9.10 am) a child arriving late will be marked as an unauthorised absence in line with the Department for Education guidance.
- We want to work with you to ensure children arrive at school on time, so please come and talk to us if you are having problems. We will let you know if we have concerns about your child’s punctuality.
- Children who remain uncollected at the end of the school day will be referred to a place of safety if not collected or the school contacted by school closing time. Please ring us to let us know if you are going to be late.
What is your Absence Procedure?
My child is sick. Should they still come to school?
Local NHS experts have joined forces with Essex County Council to produce an at-a-glance guide to 17 childhood illnesses including Chicken Pox, Glandular Fever, Ringworm and Tonsillitis.
The poster above highlights key symptoms of common illnesses which are traffic light colour coded to indicate whether children should go to school or stay at home.
Illnesses in the green category – for example colds and conjunctivitis – are those where children should continue to go to school.
The amber category is when an illness could be catching and there are some restrictions on school attendance.
Children should not go to school and should see a GP if the illness falls into the red category. Red category illnesses are German measles. Impetigo, Measles and Whooping Cough.
The poster also advises parents on where they should first seek treatment, either from their local pharmacist or their GP.
There is guidance on when to consult a GP if symptoms persist and advice on when it should be safe for a child to return to school if they have a particular illness.