Travelling to school during adverse weather

If you are unsure about any of the details below and would prefer to speak to someone about arrangements please contact the school 01445 712275.

It is your responsibility as parents or carers to decide if it is safe to attempt to travel to school, by transport or on foot, in adverse weather conditions.

The Education Authority encourages full attendance at school but in severe weather conditions the safety of pupils is much more important.

Parents and pupils are often concerned that important examinations may be missed, but this should not over-ride good judgement.  We normally make alternative arrangements for missed examinations.

The school updates its procedures for adverse weather closure annually.

The school has established a system of communication with parents and transport operators and ensure that parents are fully informed of the arrangements. This includes the 0800 telephone information service and website, details of which are here.

Parents should inform the school as soon as possible if a decision is taken not to send a child to school.

In extreme circumstances parents should advise schools of an alternative address, as close as possible to the school, which may be used by their children in emergencies.

When weather conditions are poor

The most likely reason is that transport will be disrupted due to road conditions.  In extreme conditions it may be necessary to close the school.  Pupils are not sent home until we are sure they have a safe destination.

Local radio stations issue news and weather bulletins on traffic conditions and school closures. Transmissions may not cover all households and may be subject to re-scheduling but should be helpful. Parents are advised to remain “tuned in” to ongoing road weather, or school information updates.

Broadcast times
BBC Radio Highland
6.30 am, 7.30 am, 8.30 am, 12.30 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.30 pm
In extreme conditions Radio Highland will interrupt Radio Scotland transmissions, usually on the hour, to carry emergency bulletins.  NB  We will also endeavour to put a message out via Radio nan Gaidheal in Portree.

Two Lochs Radio (106 & 106.6 FM)
7.30am, 8.03am, 8.30am, 5.03pm & 6.03pm
Morning and late afternoon programmes carry local information on weather, roads and conditions affecting schools just after the national news. In severe conditions normal programmes will be interrupted more frequently to carry emergency bulletins especially just before the hourly news.

Please do not telephone local radio for advice but listen to appropriate broadcasts. However if you have important weather/travel information to provide please do call Two Lochs Radio (712106)

For pupils using school transport

Parents should advise their children on how long they should wait at the pick up point for their transport. This will depend on the prevailing weather conditions and the availability of shelter at the pick-up point. During adverse weather conditions no pupil is expected to wait longer than twenty minutes past the normal “pick-up” time.

Parents should note differences between contract vehicles and public service vehicles. Drivers of contract vehicles are advised not to drop off children where there is any doubt that they may not safely reach home or other place of shelter. Drivers of public service vehicles must travel their normal routes and cannot make special provision for the individual pupils.

Where parents are concerned about weather conditions at “drop-off” points, they should contact the school as early as possible. This information will help us form a better picture of variable local conditions.

When weather conditions are poor, parents should arrange to have children met at the “drop-off” point, especially where public service transport is used.