Procedure for Emergency School Closures

Procedure for Emergency School Closures:

Any decision to close St Joseph’s Catholic School is not made lightly and we realise that such a decision can have quite an impact on our families. However we have to ensure that all our children and staff are able to arrive at school safely. In times of very bad weather we consult governors and parents who live near to the school as to the conditions of the surrounding roads as these can be very different to the roads elsewhere in the area due to gritting – or lack of!

Once a decision is made we email and text parents on ParentMail and inform Dorset County Council’s website DorsetforYou where the information will be displayed under “Winter Weather”- closed services- closed schools. Dorset County Council have informed us that Heart FM 102.3 work from the Dorset for You website and share the school closures on their shows throughout the morning.

The DorsetForYou website allows the schools to inform parents about the following day from 3pm onwards.

We obviously endeavour to make the decision as early as possible but we are sure you appreciate the difficult nature of this. If you have not yet done so and would like to sign up for ParentMail please ask for a form from the office.