What happens in cases of severe weather?
During severe weather conditions, we make every effort to keep the Campus open for as many pupils as possible. However, in some circumstances, following completion of a risk assessment and information from the MET office, we may decide that it is necessary to temporarily close or partially close the Campus. Reasons for this may include:
- There is a red weather warning from the Met Office.
- Not enough staff can safely travel into the Campus;
- There is a risk of injury to pupils, staff or visitors due to the weather conditions;
- There has been a failure of the Campus’ heating or power systems;
In such circumstances, we will always attempt to give parents and carers advance notice, however, due to the unpredictable nature of some weather events this may not always be possible.
The decision to close the Campus will be made by 7.30am on the day itself, and will be communicated by text and email via the GroupCall Expressions app, and by announcements on the Campus website, social media feeds and on local radio and the Devon Live website.
If there is no communication to say the Campus is closed, then the Campus will be open and we will expect pupils to attend as normal. However, if conditions are still extreme, we understand that there may be some pupils whose departure is delayed until it is safe to walk/drive, and in these situations we would ask parents/carers to advise us of their anticipated late arrival. If a pupil is unable to make their way safely to school, please inform us by using the usual absence procedures.
The Campus understands that closure can be an inconvenience but it is never a decision that is taken lightly and we appreciate parents/carers’ understanding.