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Up to date school closure procedures

A reminder of the procedures for school closures:


Instructions for ‘closing’ and ‘reopening’ your school on the Dorset County Council GIS system:
1. Follow this URL to access the login page (you can do this on any device with internet access including PCs and mobile phones).
2. Enter your username and password and click on the login button or hit 'enter'.
3. You will be presented with a list of services that you can edit – for headteachers this will just show schools.
4. When you click on ‘schools’ you will be presented with the name of your school.
5. If your school is open the green box alongside it will be selected. If you select the ‘closed’ box this will show your school as being closed. If you select ‘partially closed’ this will show your school as being partially closed. The school closure or partial closure will then be displayed on Ideally you should do this by 6.30am.
6. At 4 p.m. all closed schools will default back to open. If the school is closed on subsequent days you will need to CLOSE it again.
7. You can check the correct status is shown by logging out and going to and selecting Closed schools.


Notifying the local media, particularly radio stations:
1. Schools will NO LONGER be required to notify local radio stations themselves.
2. Dorset County Council’s communications unit have notified the local media that the process has now changed and that they will find the DEFINITIVE list of closures on
3. You should notify parents that they can access the information on or listen to their local radio stations.


Forgotten username
If you have forgotten your username you can also use your registered email address to login. This is normally your ‘office@’ email address. If you have recently changed the name of your school or your email address, please notify the GIS team via
Forgotten password
If you have forgotten your password follow the 'Forgotten your Password' link on the login form. This will then send a new password to the registered e-mail.


Contact information
For questions about the GIS system, please call: 01305 224861 (07967 504716 in emergencies only) or email .
For other queries regarding the school closure process please  email: or phone 01305 22 4995

26 Feb 2018

Cathy Lewis
Crisis Communications Management
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