The staff at Cliffe Hill work hard to ensure the school is open every day. However we do have to prepare for the possibility of snow disruption during the winter months.
Our key objective during the worst weather conditions is to open school on a site that is safe and adequately staffed. When we experience ice or snow our first priority is to assess whether we can make the site safe enough for adults and children.
Although we keep up-to-date with forecasts and weather warnings, some snow and ice conditions can be quite localised. What appears to be ‘slushy’ snow at school can be compacted very quickly on frozen ground when children are walking on it, or there may be severe snow around school but little where you live.
When there is a possibility that school may not be able to open we will assess the following criteria:
• Can the site be made safe?
• Will we have sufficient staff to meet appropriate adult:child ratios?
• Can we provide meals at lunchtime?
If you wish to find out whether the school is open or not on a day when the weather is bad, please tune in to Radio Leeds or Pulse Radio where information will be broadcast. Alternatively you can visit the Calderdale website for closure information.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT CLOSING A SCHOOL IS NEVER A DECISION THAT IS TAKEN LIGHTLY; WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STAY OPEN.