Emergency Closure

It is rare for Tibshelf Community School to have to close on a day when it should be open to students.  However, it is possible that for health and safety reasons such as the failure of the power or water supply we would be unable to remain open. Severe weather such as heavy snow could also cause the closure of the school at short notice.

Hopefully these arrangements will rarely be needed but it is important for you to be aware of how we can keep you informed.

Advance warning of event likely to necessitate a school closure

Once advance warning is received, a message will be displayed on the school website indicating the school is currently open, advising parents/carers to regularly check the school website for updates.  Decisions will be taken daily and posted on the school website by 7:00am.

Closing before the start of the school day

Please check the school website – a message will be displayed from 7:00am indicating whether the school is open, part-open or closed.

A text will be sent to all parents regarding the closure.  The school’s Twitter account will be updated (@tibshelfschool) and PeakFM radio will also be notified.

Towards the end of the day, a further message will be posted on the school website regarding the following day.  This will indicate either that school will be open, part-open, closed or that a decision will be taken early the following day with a further message being displayed from 7:00am.

Closing during the school day

For students travelling home by school bus, you may allow them to walk home (if safe/practical), make alternative arrangements for collection, or allow them to wait until the bus arrives if they are still operating.

A text will be sent to all parents regarding the closure and notification of the times of transport departures will be displayed.

Lockdown Procedure

As part of the health and safety aspects of running a large organisation, the school has developed a lockdown procedure to implement in the case of a need to do so.  In many ways this is similar to a fire procedure where there are set steps to take within school to ensure that everyone’s safety and welfare is secured.  Also, just like with fire procedures, the school will be regularly practising the procedure to test it.

In the event of a lockdown situation (which is not a drill) we would notify parents/carers, where possible, via the school website and text alert.  If such a situation arose, parents/carers should refrain from contacting the site as this could tie up phone lines that are needed for support providers.  As access to the school would be limited in these circumstances, parents/carers should also refrain from coming to the site as this could interfere and cause problems with the procedures and processes that are taking place.  The school will notify parents that a lockdown has ended via the website and text alert, which will also contain information on the next steps to be taken.