Snow forecast and closure procedures

It would be extremely rare for Rownhams St John’s Primary School to have to close on a day when it should be open to pupils. However it is possible that for health and safety reasons such as the failure of power, heating or water supply we would be unable to remain open. Severe weather such as heavy snow could also cause the closure of the school at short notice.

Hopefully these arrangements will rarely, if ever, be needed but it is important for you to be aware of how we will keep you informed in the event of it happening. Please be aware that this will be a local decision.
Advance warning of event likely to necessitate a school closure
Once advance warning is received, a message will be displayed on the school website indicating the school’s status, advising parents/carers to regularly check the school website for updates.

Closing before the start of the school day
Please check the school website – a message will be displayed from 7.30am indicating whether the school is open or closed.

Breakfast Club – Please be aware that Breakfast Club will not operate if the school is closed.

A text and email will be sent to all parents/carers regarding the closure. The closure information will be displayed on the HCC website (http://www.hants.gov.uk/education/schoolclosures/) and displayed/reported on some local radio websites.

Towards the end of the school day, a further message will be posted on the school website regarding the following day. This will indicate either that school will be open or closed or that a decision will be taken at the earliest opportunity the following day with a further message being displayed from 7.30am.

Closing during the school day
Pupils will be kept in school until contact is made with their parent/carer and collected by an authorised adult.

Snow 
If school stays open you are expected to make every attempt to get your child/children to school.
However, if you feel getting to school puts their safety at risk then you need to make a phone call to school explaining this, leaving a message on the answering machine if no one is there to take your call.