Head Teachers decide if and when schools should close due to bad weather or another emergency. In bad weather they will decide this after receiving information about local weather conditions. This decision can be made during any time, day or night. These guidelines outline the procedures for dealing with school closures during bad weather or other emergencies.
Before the start of the school day: During bad weather some staff may not be able to get to school or bus routes may not be safe to travel on – so the school may have to close. Head Teachers will advise parents and carers using the following communication tools:
School Information Line: Tel: 0370 054 4999 then 021490. If you cannot get through first time, please do not put this number on redial. This will only lead to the line being busier.
Aberdeenshire Council Website: click here for School Closures
During the school day: If the school is to close early we will contact you by telephone. If this is not possible the school will contact your named ‘storm address contact’. No child will be released from school without contact being made. It is important contact details are current and the people named are available – particularly during bad weather.
School transport contractors have been told not to allow children to walk home alone from drop-off points under any circumstances during extreme weather conditions. If you can’t meet or arrange for your child to be met, the school transport will return them to a designated location. If you are concerned about local weather conditions contact the school. You may wish to collect your child yourself and are free to do so provided you make arrangements with the school.