Winter / Snow Information
Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families
Folkestone Primary Academy will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting pathways, clearing access points etc, and make every reasonable effort to ensure that it remains open.
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service. As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be on site.
We recognise that it is important that our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn.
“Schools should, wherever possible, stay open in severe weather. They play a key role in their communities and by staying open help both their pupils and parents.” – Department for Education
How will we let you me know if the school is closed?
If we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, our Principal may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website.
Visit the Kent Closures website - www.kentclosures.co.uk. Search for Folkestone Primary Academy in the search box. The Kent Closures website can also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as nurseries, children’s centres and libraries. We also recommend parents sign up for SMS/Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an SMS or email alert to let parents know if Folkestone Primary Academy is closed.
Visit our school website where we will provide regular updates – www.folkestoneacademy.com
Parents can also listen to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent, Heart FM or Academy FM Folkestone to hear if the school has closed.
School Closure Reporting
KCC operate a centralised reporting system for schools to state whether they are open, partly open or closed.
Parents and staff can register for alerts via email for free or SMS for a small charge on the Kent Closures website.
This means that as soon as the status of the school on the Kent Closures website changes, parents who have registered will be notified via SMS or email.
What can you do to help?
Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back-up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.