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Emergency Closures

 

27th February 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

I am sure you have seen the predicted weather reports for the week.  I am writing to inform you how you can find out if the school is closed because of adverse or severe weather.  The intention of the school is to remain open during adverse weather however closure is sometimes unavoidable.  Parents must assume that school is open every day unless otherwise notified.  A decision to close to the school is never taken lightly and lots of consideration is given to the safety of pupils on site, pupils getting to school safely and staff being able to get to school.

Hertfordshire County Council recommends that all schools use a system called Everbridge as a way to inform parents.  The school will of course still post updates on the school website, send out text messages and update our Twitter account.

Registration for the Everbridge system is done swiftly and takes approximately 5 minutes.  Once Parent/Carers have registered then they will get an automatic notification informing them that the school is closed.  Parents can register their interest at more than one school if they have children attending other school.  In addition to this a message will also be broadcasted on the local radio station – BBC Three Counties Radio.

Registration on the Everbridge system is completed at

https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736725489#/login

You can have two devices added for each communication type if you wish to – this means that in addition to adding your own mobile number and email address, you can include the mobile number and email address of a partner or a grandparent in your registration process.  They too would then receive any messages in relation to the school’s closure.  Alternatively, interested parties could register themselves separately.   Please put some time aside to register your details. Let hope the snows stay away!

 

If the school is to be closed a decision will usually be made in the morning after a site inspection.  We will endeavour to inform parents as quickly as we can, from around 7:00 am.  If possible we will inform parents before this time.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.