At times of adverse weather the safety of pupils and all staff is our prime consideration. However it is the responsibility of parents or carers to decide if a pupil should attempt to travel to school, by transport or on foot, in adverse weather conditions. In the event that adverse weather forces either the full or partial closure of the school we will put the following arrangements in place, in the order listed. Therefore please check this website, social media and the school information line first.
1) Online / Social Media
We will post the latest information online relating to weather conditions and any decision to close, partially close, or delay the start of the school day. We would like to anticipate that this will be done before 7am but please appreciate that in times of adverse weather the situation can change during the early part of the morning.
This information will appear “live” on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Information will also be published on our website and News blog, but slightly later than we are able to update Twitter or Facebook.
Please ensure you are able to access these services by following at least one of them.
If you have opted to receive posts to our news blog by email, then posts on our news blog about adverse weather will be received automatically.
3) School Information Line
0800 564 22 72 (Charleston Academy PIN: 041720)
The telephone information service will be updated as early as possible on the morning concerned. At other times a generic message is left to indicate normal opening.
4) Other Sources
Details of all Highland school closures may also be available on the Council’s School Closures Website. Moray Firth Radio also broadcast the information that is published on the Highland Council site. However, the council website cannot be updated as early as our own school website or our twitter/Facebook pages. Information won’t appear on the council page or be broadcast on MFR until after 7am and will be limited. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or specific detail of the information passed on by third parties.
School Transport and Bus Text Service
School transport contractors and drivers have the discretion to cancel or delay journeys to school if particular road conditions are deemed unsafe.
During adverse weather pupils should not wait at a pick up point for more than 20 minutes. When a contractor cancels a service on a particular route due to severe weather or dangerous road conditions please don’t assume that a return service at the end of the day will operate if the school is otherwise open.
Our main contractor, D&E Coaches, update their Facebook Page regularly (and often daily in winter) with information about school bus services.
Delayed Opening Time
We may decide given particular circumstances to delay the start of the school day. This allows all pupils and staff more time to get to school safely in the event of bad weather. Transport arrangements can be confirmed and there will be more daylight to ensure safer journeys to school. However, pupils arriving before the postponed start time will be required to remain in the school or community centre.
Any decision to close the school will be made as early as possible. When weather conditions deteriorate after it is estimated that the majority of pupils and staff are already on their way to school, for safety reasons it is more likely that the school will remain open to ensure their safe arrival, with the conditions then reviewed as necessary during the day.
At all times of the year it is very important that parents do not enter the school park in the morning to drop off their child. Please use the turning circle at Charleston View.