IMPORTANT UPDATE RE: CLOSURE OF SCHOOL IN AN EMERGENCY
(e.g. due to snow, flooding, no heating, no water etc.)
At this time of the year, it is important that I remind parents about the procedure for closing schools should this be necessary, either due to bad weather or an emergency. We try to make the decision to close the school as early as possible around 7:15 am. Sometimes though, the authorisation email sent through to County, which then gets passed to the radio stations can be delayed, particularly if they are overwhelmed with a lot of schools closing. Please listen to local radio stations e.g. BBC Radio Cornwall, Pirate FM and Heart FM. A message will be posted on our website on the front page: www.tywardreathschool.org.uk.
If possible, we will call the taxi companies direct of those who have furthest to travel.
Alternatively, you can log onto www.cornwall.gov.uk which will list school closures.
If we have to close early (when children are already at school), we will post a message on our website; we may also need to telephone you directly. Please check the website before you attempt to ring the school as it is very easy for our phone lines to become jammed, it is vital for us to be able to make telephone calls out from school at this time. Please be assured, all children will remain appropriately supervised until they have been collected safely from school.
Providing it is safe to do so, a member of staff will be on the school gate at the usual start time to inform parents who may not have heard/received the closure information. Signs will also be placed on the gate.
We are hoping to have an email and texting service in place for parents and carers soon. Watch this space for updates!
Some of our staff travel significant distances in to school so we have to be able to get enough staff into school safely to be able to open. It could be possible, in the event of certain weather conditions that we make the decision to partially open the school and/or to open later in the morning possibly joining classes together, enabling staff and children to get safely into school. If a decision was made for late opening, we may require all children to bring in a packed lunch, as we may not be in a position to provide school meals.
Please ensure you listen to the radio and look at the website, as this information would all be included on the relevant updates.
School closures are a rare occurrence and we will continue to do everything possible to remain open as long as it is safe to do so. However, my number one priority is to always ensure I keep my children (and staff) warm and safe. This is never a decision we take lightly and we will all do our utmost to keep the school open.
Thank you so much for your co-operation and help with this.
Mrs Heidi Hoskin