SNOW @ RUSHMERE HALL
LAST UPDATE - 11.12.17
STATUS - OPEN
In the event of snow, we aim to ensure that the school remains open for the pupils.
However, a number of our staff do not live in Ipswich. We have staff from Sudbury, Felixstowe, Stowmarket and I travel in from Braintree. The only reason we would ever need to close the school is if we are unable to get enough staff in to school for it to be safe for the children.
On a day when snow has been expected, Mr Smith will arrive at school first with the caretakers to ensure the site is accessible and walkways etc are safe for pupils and adults to gain access to the building. Mr Smith and myself will then make contact with staff to check that we have enough staff, who can get in to school, in order for us to open.
Local authority guidance says that Parents should listen to local radio for information about whether the school is open, however, we will use our text messaging service to inform you of a closure and update the website.
When school is open on a snow day...
Pupils need to arrive at school with...
(a) Wearing appropriate footwear (to be safe in slippery, icy conditions)
(b) Some dry shoes in a labelled carrier bag (to change into when in class)
(c) A spare pair of socks (if socks are damp from playtimes / walk to school)
(d) Gloves, scarf etc
... and enter the building by following the paths marked out by the caretaker.
Pupils WILL have playtime outside in the snow.
Playtime will only be cancelled if the playground is hazardous due to the snow turning in to ice.
Pupils may not follow their normal timetable. The school cannot guarantee that instrument lessons will be running.
If we did need to shut...
Some activities to complete at home and bring to school once the snow has gone...