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 onsite.
We recognise that it is important our Academy remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Bexleyheath Academy will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting pathways and clearing access points.
However, if we do experience severe snow/ice result in hazardous conditions, Bexleyheath Academy may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Bexleyheath Academy website and a ParentPay email will be sent. To determine whether the Academy is open or closed, please visit our website ww.bexleyheathacademy.org
What can we do to help?
· Please visit www.bexley.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Bexley so you can plan your journey;
· Please provide a packed lunch from home in case school meals cannot be provided;
· Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies, etc. or even a change of clothing;
· If you are a working parent/carer 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.
Many thanks for your support in helping Bexleyheath Academy remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.
Mr M Pinchin