Severe Weather and Emergency Closure Routine
Information For Parents & Students
In the event of extreme circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, it is possible that the school may have to close for the day. In this case a decision will be taken usually early in the morning. However rarely, if conditions seriously deteriorate during the course of the day, a decision may be taken to close school early to ensure that students and staff get home safely.
Please read the information below.
Early Morning School Closure Decisions
The decision about closure will be made by the Principal. When deciding whether to close the school the following are taken into consideration:-
- Whether the school facilities are safe for students and staff.
- Whether sufficient staff will be able to get to school to supervise students safely.
- The probability of conditions worsening so making journeys home very difficult.
If we do need to close the school, there are three methods by which we will make an announcement.
- The first of these is by sending parents a text message.
- We will also make an announcement on the school website www.teignmouth.devon.sch.uk. The announcement will be clearly visible on the home page and news feed. When reading this information, please check the date carefully. It is unusual for us to know the day before that the school will definitely be closed and the decision about closure is usually made on a day to day basis by 8:00 am.
- You are also advised to listen to the local radio stations listed below, who at regular intervals give details of school closures.
- Heart Torbay 96.4FM
- BBC Radio Devon 104.3FM
- The Breeze FM 105.5fm
Notice of the closure will also be placed on Devon County Council’s website – https://new.devon.gov.uk/schools/closure/ – on their school closures page.
Students Taking Public Examinations
If the school is closed we will make every effort to put on special arrangements for students taking public examinations. If exams are disrupted due to severe weather/school closure, we will seek advice from exam boards.
Closure During the Course of the School Day
If a decision is taken to close early we will send a text message out as a matter of priority. A bulletin will also be posted on the homepage of the school website advising that the school will be closing and at what time. Local radio stations and Devon County Council (see above) will also be advised.
Designated Phone Numbers
As the text messaging service is now a key part of the communication process from school to parents, I would like to remind parents of the importance of keeping us informed as soon as possible of any changes to mobile phone numbers. This system can only work when we have a clearly identified designated phone number in our system. Any such changes should be confirmed by: