Amber Weather Warning - SCHOOL CLOSURE
Following on from this afternoon’s meeting, Devon Local Authority have now issued guidance for tomorrow’s expected weather conditions. Unfortunately, due to the Met Office weather warning of amber we are being advised by Devon County Council that all non-essential travel should not take place tomorrow.
Devon County Council have sent the following advice:
RE: AMBER WEATHER WARNING – RISK TO LIFE
As you are aware there is currently an amber weather warning in place as storm Ciaran moves towards Devon. An amber warning presents a risk to life, but there is also a large amount of uncertainty about this weather front which means it could increase to a red warning overnight. The combination of wind, rain, and the storm moving over warm sea waters increases risk of very high wind speeds, flooding and trees falling.
An emergency strategy meeting has taken place today and it was agreed that we need to ensure school leaders fully appreciate that the current weather warning presents a risk to life and could worsen.
Based on the information we have; Devon County Council have taken the decision today to ask all staff where possible to work from home. We are asking all schools to consider the high level of risk presented by this storm and make a decision today about their operations tomorrow.’
This potential risk to life means that we have taken the regrettable decision to close the school tomorrow. Closing a school is always a difficult decision to make and one which is not undertaken lightly. We understand how disruptive a school closure can be, but also recognise the need to put everyone’s safety first.
Thursday 2nd November - The school will be shut to all pupils and staff (including wrap around care).
Unfortunately, we will not be able to deliver remote lessons, as many of our staff will also have their own children at home, due to school closures. If you feel your child would like to access some online learning, please direct them to Oak Academy or BBC Bitesize.
Oak Academy Link: https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage
BBC Bitesize Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Currently the school is planning to be open as normal on Friday 3rd November. However, please keep an eye on emails tomorrow just in case the poor weather is prolonged. We hope the storm passes without incident and we all remain safe and well.
Please could you help us to reach as many people as possible by passing this information on to any parents and families that you may be in contact with?