School Transport-Severe Weather
Winter weather can be very can be very variable and it is easy to be caught out by sudden changes.
In event of severe weather we will make every effort to keep the school open and continue as normal. However, there may be situations where this is not possible and it is therefore important that you follow the points below in terms of transport arrangements.
In the event of severe weather affecting the normal day to day functions of primary and secondary schools in Scottish Borders 'Resilient Schools' procedures can be activated.
Where the decision is taken to evoke resilient schools then no school transportation will operate on those days. If your child normally gets school transport do not bring your child to school.
During adverse weather, school transport may be subject to cancelled services, amended routes, longer journey times or alternative bus stops used.
School bus drivers and operators have complete discretion to cancel or vary school transport given any locsal weather conditions.
Dear Parents / Carers
Scottish Borders Council have issued the following information regarding procedures and advice during inclement weather:
It is ultimately your decision whether you believe it is safe for your children to attend school. We will try to help as much as possible by providing relevant information. http://www.scotborders.gov.uk (Click on Snow Alert)
Learning when Schools are ClosedA group of headteachers is currently working on setting up a site dedicated to Learning when Schools are Closed – further information will follow soon.
Information for Parents about Resilient Schools
In the event of severe weather affecting the normal day to day functions of primary and secondary schools in Scottish Borders ‘Resilient Schools’ procedures can be activated by the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning following discussions within Emergency Planning.
Education and Lifelong Learning will endeavour to keep as many schools as possible open for the pupils who are within the walking distance of the school. Consideration has to be given to a number of factors to enable this to happen, however if risk assessments have been carried out and it is determined that schools are safe, ‘Resilient Schools’ can be activated.
Under this, this following information will be acted upon:
a) Teaching and support staff living within 1 ˝ miles of a school should walk to this school and be ready to undertake duties (generally primary staff to primary schools and secondary staff to secondary schools).
b) Teaching and support staff living out with 1 ˝ miles of a school should work from home. Work should be allocated by Headteacher / Line Manager
c) Curriculum Support Teachers/Music Instructors/Additional Needs support Staff will have been considered in schools allocation of staff and follow the same instructions as teacher and support staff.
The aim will be to open the whole school however this will depend on the number of staff available. Pre-planning has been undertaken to establish which schools SBC can fully open/ partially open/ close, however this may change on a day to day basis.
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