What to do and what you need to know if you need to close your school - planned or unplanned.
The decision to close a school or setting is taken by the Headteacher/Manager based on a risk assessment considering a number of factors:
Issues considered could include, but are not limited to, whether there is catering available; public transport services are running; the site is safe for pupils/staff and, if conditions worsen, whether pupils/staff be able to return home safely.
If at all possible, the school/setting will remain open for as many children as possible. Schools/settings will do all they can to re-open as soon as appropriate.
If a school/setting has to close, information will be made available to parents/carers through the school's/setting's normal communications channels (including their website).
Instructions for 'closing' and 'reopening' your school on the Dorset Council GIS system are available in our Instructions for Schools Closure document - attached.
Useful Dorset Council emergency contact details are in the Emergency Poster document, also attached.
Latest information on a school’s correct status is shown at https://mapping.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/closedservices
The Department for Education website has further detail on how to manage your schools open status in a variety of emergency scenarios. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/emergencies-and-severe-weather-schools-and-early-years-settings
This includes guidance on marking pupil attendance and what to do if limited numbers of staff are available.
Early Years providers who have had to move to temporary premises should check to see if they need to register with Ofsted at their new premises.