During periods of severe weather there may be school closures or disruption to your child’s home to school transport. In these circumstances do you know what to do? Here are some tips:
1. Listen to Local Radio Stations …. mainly BBC Radio Newcastle 95.4fm; other useful Stations are Real Radio 100 to 102fm and Radio Borders 102.3fm.
2. Go to the Northumberland County Council website: www.northumberland.gov.uk. The County Council will continuously update news on the front page as well as posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Go to the Metro Radio website: www.metroradio.co.uk/pages/school-closures/
In extreme cases the school may have to close during the day due to severe weather and your child will be sent home early. Do you have a procedure in place for the care of your child until you arrive?
1. Make arrangements with a relative or close friend to care for your child until you are able to get home
2. Inform the School and Transport provider of these arrangements as it may be necessary for your child to seek alternative transportation from school
3. Make sure that school has an I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) contact telephone number
Other things to consider:
Dress code: It is important that you make sure your child is warmly dressed just in case the school transport is running late or the journey is very slow.
Waiting time: In periods of severe weather a child should wait 30 minutes after their normal pick up time for school transport; after 30 minutes it is advisable for the child to return home.
Communication: It is important that the school is informed that your child has returned home after waiting 30 minutes for the transport to arrive. Make sure you have your transport providers contact details and they have I.C.E (In Case of Emergency) contact numbers for you.
Responsibility: If you take your child to school in the morning it is your responsibility to collect them in the afternoon.