School Emergency Closures

Download:School Closures in Emergencies for Parents & Guardians – 2015-16

We recognise that the decision to close a school in the event of anCornwall CC

emergency (e.g. snow, flooding, no water or heating) significantly

impacts upon you, as parents and guardians. This document outlines

the agreed procedure which all schools are asked to follow and offers

advice to parents on the key things to consider, both before and after

the decision to close has been made.

Guidance Given to Schools

Guidance and procedures are sent to all schools on an annual basis, usually at the start of the autumn

term. To prevent the possibility of fraudulent school closures, schools are required to follow a

verification process before providing school closure information. Schools are then asked to:

Undertake a risk assessment, using common sense to determine whether it is feasible for

children and staff to remain in the school; and if not, what subsequent risks could arise by

sending them home. Before school hours start, schools are also asked to assess if the roads are

safe for children to travel to school.

Seek approval from the Governing Body (usually the decision of the Chair of Governors will

suffice) to authorise the decision to close.

Notify Cornwall Council and the three local radio stations (BBC Radio Cornwall, Heart FM and

Pirate FM). Providing the school follow the agreed procedure, each of the radio stations have all

agreed to broadcast details of all school closures.

Know Your School’s Procedure

Although schools are asked to follow the above procedure, all schools should have their own plan of

action to be followed in the event of a closure. This should include details of how parents will be notified

(e.g. via radio, text message systems). It is essential that schools communicate their plan to all

parents as early as possible, and equally that all parents familiarise themselves with the agreed plan.

Who to Contact?

If the decision is made to close, you will be notified by the school’s agreed notification procedure.

Should you need to contact the school directly, please be aware that the line(s) may be busy or

unavailable when a large number of parents are calling at the same time.

A full list of all schools closed in Cornwall can be found at:

You may also find the following websites useful:

Cornwall Snow Advice

Met Office

Environment Agency

Devon & Cornwall Police