Letters to Parents c
Adverse Weather Arrangements
In any school closure emergency (snow or otherwise) we would like to be sure that when pupils are sent home they can gain access to the house or they have a friend or relative they can go to if parents are at work. Information is gathered annually and you will receive the relevant forms in due course. Any change in emergency address should be notified to school to ensure that each pupil can be accommodated in Inverurie if necessary.
In the event of severe weather some buses may not run. If this happens please do not bring your son or daughter into school as we will have no way of getting them home.
There are three options for finding out whether or not the school is open or closed.
1. Telephone Information Line
The line can handle 10,000 calls per minute. The number is 0870 054 4999. You will be asked for the school PIN number. It is 021060. Once the PIN number is entered, simply follow the instructions (you need a push pad telephone to do so). During bad weather information will be updated each evening at about 6.00pm, or as appropriate.
2. On line/Website
The website is at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/closures The website is easy to use and, again, the information will be updated at regular intervals as appropriate.
3. Radio Announcements
Local radio stations will continue to announce closures (in fact, the website is linked to these radio stations, and when the school updates the message on the site it is automatically e-mailed to them).
The radio stations are:
BBC Radio Scotland
NECR (North East Community Radio)
The systems described above should make it easier to get accurate information about school closures during bad weather or other emergencies.
Please use the Information line rather than ‘phoning the school. It is impossible to answer promptly all the calls to the school on those days when the weather is bad. The Information line is a better alternative.
Should there be a sudden emergency during the school day pupils will be sent home on the buses and again the local radio stations will be informed and will broadcast information. Please ensure that your son/daughter is aware of such arrangements: they apply whether pupils live in Inverurie or outwith the town.