School closure procedures
There are times when we might need to close the school as a result of an unforeseen incident. The most common reason to close the school will be due to snow or extreme weather. The decision to close is never taken lightly and is based on ensuring the site is safe for children to move around the school and sufficient staff are able to get in to supervise and teach. If at all possible, a decision will be taken before 7.00 a.m and communicated to parents by Schoolgateway or Dojo and posted on the school’s website.
Bad weather procedures
Methods of communication used should the school need to close at any point due to snowy or bad weather conditions.
* Parents who are signed up to Schoolgateway or Dojo will receive notification via these sites.
* A message will also be posted on our home page of the school website, to notify you if we are closed as early in the morning as possible.
* In addition, you may wish to register for the Herts County Council Everbridge School Closure Notification System by clicking on the blue button below. This will direct you to the “Sign Up” page where you should click on the “sign up” button located at the top right hand side of the page on the grey strip and from there follow the instructions. It should take no more than 5 minutes to register and you can edit their information at any time should they change your mobile number or email address, although please remember to advise school separately as we are not linked to the HCC system. If you have children at more than one school you can register for those schools too in a single registration process by selecting all schools you have children at. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU DO NOT CLICK IN THE “ALL SCHOOLS TICK BOX” – If you do this, you will sign up to receive messages from every school in Hertfordshire. You need to click on the blue cross which will expand the link, select your area and then select St Mary’s Junior School and any other relevant local schools, for example The Knights Templar School.
Everbridge School Closure Notification System