Dear Parent / Carer

Re Severe Weather Conditions

We are writing to clarify arrangements for severe weather.

Schools will stay open if at all possible when there is severe weather such as deep/drifting snow, very high winds, widespread flooding.

Parents and carers have the responsibility of getting children/pupils to and from school safely and need to decide if the journey is safe when severe weather affects transport and/or walking conditions.

Parents and carers should inform schools if their child is absent due to severe conditions making the journey unsafe. Please consider carefully and only keep children at home if conditions are unsafe.

We will try our very best to remain open during snowfalls. The main reasons we would close would be:

• Safety around the site and building
• Lack of heating/water
• Closure of school kitchen
• Staff being physically unable to get to school in
  enough numbers to make it safe for the children to be
  supervised during the day.

If on the rare occasion school closes at a time within the school day, parents/carers will be informed by text and email.

On occasions, schools will need to close and a message will go out on Local Radio if the decision is made before 7.00 a.m.

Late opening and/or early closure is a possibility in poor weather conditions and schools will either inform parents the night before or via the Local Radio.

If conditions worsen in the school day and parents feel it is absolutely necessary to collect children, the school should if possible be contacted prior to collection.

Please avoid collecting children before the end of the day unless you feel their safety is at risk.

Below is a list of local stations and their frequencies:

BBC Radio Berkshire
104.4, 104.1, 65.4 and 94.6 FM
97.0, 102.9 and 103.4 FM
Reading 107fm
107 FM

If we have taken the action of closing the school please ensure your child enjoys the snow safely and if they have time please encourage them to complete one or two of the tasks on their ‘Snow Day Grids’.

Wilson Primary School, Wilson Road, Reading RG30 2RW
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Tel: 0118 937 5573
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