The school will remain open unless otherwise stated on the home page of the school website and will only close to pupils if the site is unsafe.
If the decision is made to close the school we will post the notice on the school's website by 7:00am. We will also pass this information to Kent County Council who will also publish it on their website, www.kent.gov.uk/winter along with the KMFM website, www.kentschoolclosures.co.uk
Heart FM, BBC Radio Kent and KMFM will use the information published on the Kent County Council website to broadcast closures, however we have no control over the speed at which the closures are broadcast so the best place to check if the school is closed is via our website, please remember to refresh the page regularly. We will also send a text message and email via Parentmail, to all those parents who have signed up to this service.
The decision to open or close the school will not take into account whether the pupils can travel to and from school safely as each pupil has a different journey to make. It is important that parents satisfy themselves that their child can safely make the journey before they allow them to depart.
In the event of conditions deteriorating through the day of if insufficient staff are available to safely supervise the children, it may become necessary to close the school before 3:30pm. In this eventuality we will monitor the transport situation before making a decision, based on the best information we have, as to whether children should leave school early. Should this occur we will ask pupils to contact parents using their mobile phones. We will use the school line to contact the parents of those pupils who do not have a mobile phone in school.
Whilst public examinations are taking place, even if the decision is taken to close the school to other pupils, it will remain open for exam candidates.