A note regarding what action to take during bad weather is distributed to all children in November. The following is important:
- The decision as to whether a pupil should attempt to travel to school in adverse weather conditions, whether by transport or on foot, lies with the parents. While recognising that education should be interrupted as little as possible, the Education Authority accepts that in severe weather conditions the safety of the pupils is paramount.
- During adverse weather conditions, the school would always try to maintain a normal service. If there was an occasion when the school was unable to open, due to overnight power failure and/or heating problems and bad road conditions, notice would be given in the morning on local radio and through the DAVIOT PRIMARY SCHOOL TELEPHONE MESSAGING SERVICE.
MORAY FIRTH RADIO
Normal hourly news bulletins will carry local information on weather, roads and conditions affecting schools. In severe conditions normal programmes will be interrupted to carry emergency bulletins.
Radio stations request that since telephone lines are busy at such times, parents should not ‘phone in for advice but listen to appropriate broadcasts or telephone the school messaging service.
DAVIOT SCHOOL TELEPHONE MESSAGING SERVICE
Schools have a dial-in-service which can be used when there is a risk of closure due to adverse weather. This allows parents and cares to listen to a recorded message from the Head Teacher.
How to use this service-
- Dial Highland Council’s access number: 08005642272
- Now enter the Daviot Primary School’s pin number: 041850
- You will now hear the school’s name.
- You will now be taken to the MAIN MENU where you will be given 4 options
Press 1 to hear the school’s message about the adverse weather, for example, whether the school and nursery is to close.
Press 4 to enter the pin number for another school within Highland Council. Parents may have children who attend different schools and this option allows you to move from one school’s messaging service to another without having to dial in again.
- Make sure that if you do send your child to school when the weather is doubtful and you have to leave your home that he/she clearly knows what action to take if the school is closed i.e. go to the home of the emergency contact. We do try to get in touch with the parents of children who use school transport to tell them that the school is closing early.