Emergency School Closures
How will I know if my child's school is closed?
Headteachers can now update this web site in real time, allowing parents to get up to date information on their child's school in the quickest way possible.
Any school closures reported to the local authority by the Headteacher will display on the school closures list.
In addition, a smart phone version of the school closure list is also available for any parents on the move or without PC access. All you need to do is access the list using your mobile phone's internet browser and the mobile version will display.
Other methods of communication may include:
Announcement on the local radio stations (radio stations will refer to this web site for up to date information)
Message on school web site and school answerphone
Notice on school gates
Sign up for alerts
You can now sign up for school closure alerts via text message and email, so that we can notify you immediately when your school informs us of a closure. Our alerts system includes school closures and a wide range of other county council services. Sign up for alerts
How is the decision to close a school made?
Staffordshire County Council does not make a blanket decision to close all schools due to inclement weather.
The decision to close a school is made by the Headteacher. They have to determine whether children and staff can travel safely to and from school and if the site will remain safe throughout the day.
To do this a risk assessment is conducted taking into account a range of factors including:
State of pathways, steps and slopes around the school
Condition of roads and pathways in the local area
If the school's heating, lighting and water is working correctly
Whether catering can be provided
Availability of public transport and school coaches
Schools may also need to close due to other unforeseen circumstances such as heating failure, burst water pipe, etc.
It is recommended that a decision to close the school is made as early as possible, in order to inform parents/carers.
I am a headteacher. How do I close my school?
Please visit the Staffordshire Learning Net and log in. Once you have logged in from the homepage, a link will appear to the school closures procedure.