Emergency School Closures
If the school needs to close for any reason we will make every effort to ensure that all parents, children and visitors are made aware of the situation as soon as possible - usually via telephone, texts and email.
Closure because of bad weather
In the case of closure because of bad weather conditions, the school notifies Kent County Council about school closures who ensure that various radio stations report the school has closed.
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.
As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.
We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Aylesham Primary School will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting pathways, clearing access points etc.
How will we let you me know if the school is closed?
If we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, Mr Harper may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website and via text through the School Gateway messaging system.
To determine whether Aylesham Primary School is open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk. Search for the school in the search box. The Kent Closures website can also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as nurseries, children’s centres and libraries.
We also recommend parents sign up for SMS/Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an SMS or email alert to let parents know if Aylesham Primary School is closed. Parents can also listen to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent or Heart FM to hear if the school has closed.
What can you do to help?
- www.kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey
Many thanks for your support in helping Aylesham Primary School remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.