10:27 Friday 13 December 2013

Social networks are key to school's bad weather plan

Written byROB SMYTH

SOCIAL media will form a vital part of a Barton under Needwood school’s policy in the event of major snowfall this winter.

John Taylor High School, in Dunstall Road, has revealed that its website, Facebook and Twitter will be key to making sure that staff and pupils remain safe in the event of severe weather, as well as making sure parents are kept informed of all developments.

Principal Mike Donoghue said: “I would like to draw attention to the procedures we employ in the event of a school closure as a result of severe weather.

“It is important to point out that we make every effort to open and remain open throughout the winter months.

“We appreciate that closure impacts on children’s learning and parents’ childcare arrangements.

“However, we also recognise our responsibility towards the safety of children and adults on site and while journeying to and from school.”

Several factors will be considered and these will include:

• The severity of the weather at the time.

• The forecast and likelihood of an improvement or deterioration in the weather.

• The condition of the school site, and its ability to offer lessons as normal.

• Access to the school via roads for staff and pupils.

Mr Donoghue added: “In order to communicate as quickly and effectively as we can, we intend putting notification about closure on the school website, on our official Facebook page, on Twitter – @johntaylorhigh – and via a text message to parents.

“I would like to reassure parents that we will not send pupils off site unless, and until, we are confident that they can arrive home safely.”

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