What to do on severe weather days

Dear Parent/Carer
As we approach the time of year when severe weather conditions can affect our community, we would like to take the opportunity to remind you of our procedures.

The education of our students is important and we hope that it will not be necessary to close the College, we will do everything we possibly can to keep the College open.  However, there are situations when the decision to close or partially close may be taken in the interests of health and safety of both students and staff.  As soon as a decision has been taken to close the College several actions will be taken.

 

Procedures for communicating College closures

  • Our College website will be updated.  A message will appear on the homepage    www.sbsj.co.uk 
    This message will contain precise information about the closure.

  • A text message will be sent to the telephone number we have listed as a priority contact.  If you have changed your details recently please let us know. The text message will come from the school text line number which is 07860 027212

  • Pulse radio transmits the information – Pulse 1- 102.5 FM

  • The Bradford Council website will also display a list of school closures
    https://bso.bradford.gov.uk/council/schools/schoolclosures.aspx

 

It is important that as many people as possible use these means to find out about whether College is open.  The College switchboard can be very busy at these times so please wait to hear from us, or check other communication channels (as above) first.  Please only call if absolutely necessary.  In extremely severe weather conditions it is possible that nobody would be able to reach College to answer the telephones.

In situations where College is open, or partially open, teaching will go ahead as usual wherever possible.  However, it may be necessary to combine groups in larger spaces and for normal classes to be suspended.  College will remain open but should conditions deteriorate then arrangements may be made to close during the day. 

Closure during the school day

Students must not contact home independently and request to be collected.  The co-ordination of such arrangements is almost impossible to organise.  Please advise your son/daughter to follow the advice below.  Should weather conditions deteriorate during the day then a number of actions may take place;

  • Students will be allowed to leave the site at the agreed time to make their way home

  • Students who cannot get home safely will be supervised in school until parents/carers can collect them.  In extreme circumstances, should it be necessary to organise supervision beyond the end of the normal school day then school undertakes to organise this

  • Parents/Carers can help in planning for such unavoidable school closures by discussing the procedures at home and ensuring students are aware of arrangements of house keys, mobile phones, siblings, alternative transport routes etc.
     

If the decision is taken to close the school during the day due to inclement weather and you do not want your son/daughter to leave the site at an earlier time than 3.25 pm, then you must inform us as soon as possible so these details can be pre-recorded on your son’s/daughter’s student information.  

Whilst St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College will take all reasonable steps to protect the safety of our students it must be acknowledged students have a responsibility to follow the advice given.  Where contact with parents is advised students should not leave the site until such contact has been made, and then only leave the site when they clearly know how to get home and have access to a place of safety. 

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