Woodkirk Academy reopens to students on Monday 15 April

Extreme Weather Procedure

Procedures to be used in the event of extreme weather conditions or other emergency.

We are committed to minimising disruption to the education of our students and we always try to keep the school open.

There are however rare occasions when it may be necessary to close.  These will usually be occasions when extreme weather or some other emergency means the school poses health and safety risks to the school community.

In the unlikely event of a closure we will communicate quickly and as fully as possible with parents, as follows:

In the event of extreme weather / emergency prior to the start of the school day

A decision will be made between 6.00am and 7.00am as to whether the school should be open or needs to be closed.  In the event of closure, by 7.30am (wherever possible), the school will ensure that:

·        An automated text message is sent to parents and staff

·        The Woodkirk Academy website has been updated

·        Leeds City Council have been informed - they will notify local radio stations.

In the event of extreme weather / emergency during the school day

If the school is open in the morning but exceptional conditions occur during the day, we will continually assess the risks.

Should the decision be taken to close the school, we will inform parents via:

·        An automated text message

·        A posting on the school website

We understand that it may be difficult for some parents to collect their son/daughter and therefore contingency plans will be put in place to ensure that the school remains open until all students are collected.

In the event of prolonged closure due to weather / emergency

Parents should continue to monitor the Woodkirk Academy website as it will be updated on a regular basis with the latest information.