Information for parents during periods of severe
The safety and well-being of students is of
prime consideration at this time, particularly those accessing Home
to School Transport.
Severe Weather Conditions
During periods of severe weather there may be school
closures or disruption to your child's Home to School
In these circumstances do you know what to
Here are some tips:
Details of school closures are also given on:
In extreme cases a school may have to close during the
day due to the severe weather and your child will be sent home
Do you have a procedure in place for the care of your
child until you arrive home?
- Make arrangements with a relative or close friend to care for
your child until you are able to get home.
- Inform the school and transport provider of these arrangements
as it may be necessary for your child to seek alternative
transportation from school
- Make sure the School and Transport provider have an "In Case of
Emergency" contact telephone number
Above all, make sure your child is aware of the
One or two things to consider
It is important that you make sure your child
is warmly dressed just in case the School Transport is running late
or the journey is very slow.
In periods of severe weather a child should
wait 30 minutes after their normal pick up time for school
transport, after 30 minutes it is advisable for the child to return
It is important that the school is informed
that your child has returned home after waiting 30 minutes for the
transport to arrive. Make sure you have your transport providers
contact details and they have I.C.E (In Case of Emergency) contact
numbers for you.
If you take your child to school in the
morning it is your responsibility to collect them in the
It is important for parents to have a
contingency plan in place if they are not at home when a child
returns home. For example: A buddy scheme or a family friend or
relative who the child can go to until the parent/carer returns