Reasons to close a school
- Insufficient staff able to get in:
- This is likely to apply to teaching staff particularly who are less likely to be 'locals'
- Insufficient staff will cause difficulty with respect to staff:pupil ratios and the ability to safely manage the school.
- Severe travel restrictions – this may effect staff and/or other services required for the school to operate.
- Conditions around the school being so severe (snow, ice) that it presents a major obstacle or danger, however:
- Local icy conditions in themselves do not necessarily mean that the school should be closed
- Care can be taken in getting to and from school and outdoor breaks avoided if unsafe
- Risks should be assessed realistically and take account of preventative action such as salting and gritting.
- Heating failure or inability to sufficiently warm school to reasonable and acceptable levels.
Last updated: 14 Jun 2016