We have arrangements in place to deal with situations that affect the school operating as normal, such as severe weather or other emergencies.
These situations are by their nature unpredictable however we will aim to make decisions as quickly as we can. Our main concern is to ensure that your children and those who work in our school are kept as safe as possible.
It is our policy to remain open unless we are forced to close because there is a risk to the health, safety and welfare of staff and pupils.
In the event of school closure we aim to make a decision by 7.30am. Information about this will be provided by:
• Radio Newcastle (frequency 95.4 FM) and Metro Radio (frequency 97.1 FM) who will issue school closure reports during their respective Breakfast programmes from 7.00am until 10.00am.
• School closure notices will also be shown in Latest News on the home page of the Astley school website, Facebook and Twitter.
• The Alerts page on Northumberland County Council’s website.
There will be a daily update until the school reopens.
We will also send closure information and updates by text message to all of those parents/carers for whom we hold a mobile telephone number. Please ensure we always hold a current mobile number for emergency contacts. You can update your details by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about school closures will only be published on the above communications channels.
If buses do not arrive in the morning
Under normal circumstances, children are advised to wait 20 minutes before returning home or go to an alternative place of safety. In the case of extremely cold weather parents should, of course, make their own decision as to a reasonable waiting time.
Early closure during the school day
There may be times when, as a result of worsening weather or unforeseen incidents during the school day, we need to close. In this circumstance we will inform parents/carers of any decision we make by text message and publish this information on Latest News on the home page of the Astley school website, Facebook and Twitter.
No doubt students will also make direct contact with family members to ensure they are aware of what is happening. Parents/carers should have alternative arrangements in place for emergencies so students are fully aware of what is expected of them.
It is always advisable for you and your child to have a back-up plan for unforeseen situations, such as if they miss their bus, their phone battery has run out or they can’t reach you in an emergency. For example, you may agree a designated relative or friend that they should contact.