Should the Island experience severe weather decisions made about schools being open or closed is made centrally by the Education Department. This document is a summary and reminder to all parents of the procedures of School closure due to severe weather:
Decision not to open Schools
If conditions deteriorate overnight any decisions for the schools not to open will be taken by the Director of Education. The present arrangements for communication with the general public are as follows:
The BBC will be informed and there is an agreement that they will carry a message on the broadcasts of Radio Jersey between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
- Channel Television will also carry newsflashes during broadcast hours
- Channel 103 will also carry newsflashes during broadcast hours
- Updates will also appear on the States’ website www.gov.je
- We will also provide updates on our website, Twitter and Facebook
Closure when a school is in session
The decision to close during a severe weather, e.g. heavy snowfall, or when there is a forecast of deteriorating conditions, will be taken centrally by the Director of Education, not Headteachers, and an announcement will be made on the local media.
All students are expected to follow arrangements agreed at the start of the school year, as directed by parents;
- either to stay at school or leave school and get home, or
- travel by foot to an alternative venue as determined by you, as quickly and as safely as possible.
It is therefore necessary for your son/daughter to know exactly what your instructions should a forced school closure be called during the school day. All students that are expected to remain in school hall until they are picked up, or wait for school buses.
If for any reason a parent(s) have changed their severe weather arrangements for their son / daughter, this must be communicated to the school front office in writing so that central records can be adjusted.