Bad Weather Procedures
In the event that the school needs to close due to severe weather conditions the following procedures will come into operation
- Mrs Underwood will contact staff, who will then will ring or email parents: information will also be on the Cumbria County Council website
- Unless you have been contacted assume the school is open.
- If you do come into school please make sure there is a member of staff on site before leaving your child.
- If school needs to close early then parents will be informed by phone prioritising on difficulty of the journey home.
- Let us ring you, please do not ring in as we only have one telephone line.
- If you feel you need to collect your child early to get them home safely just turn up but please make sure a member of staff knows you have taken your child(ren) home.
- We will endeavour to keep the path from the gate to the front entrance clear and gritted. Please ensure that if you do come into school that you stay within the areas which have been gritted.
We will endeavour to keep the school open. Assume it is unless you hear otherwise. Announcements will also be made on BBC Radio Cumbria and Smooth Lake District.
Please can parents also ensure that their children have appropriate clothing for the weather? Many thanks.
Sun Protection Procedures
Now the summer term is approaching, I wanted to write and tell you about our sun protection procedures. We have developed this to ensure that children can all enjoy the sun safely over the coming months.
The sun’s rays are particularly strong over the summer and they can damage children’s skin. This may not seem like a problem right now, but it can lead to skin cancer in later life. Your child’s health and well-being are very important to us, which is why we have decided to:
- Provide shaded areas for outdoor learning activities.
- Use the back field at playtimes where more shade is available
- Encourage pupils to wear hats and t-shirts when outside. Please send your child to nursery wearing a comfortable wide brimmed hat or legionnaire style cap. We have bought some nursery hats to give to children who forget their own.
- Encourage pupils to use sunscreen in summer months. It is a good idea to provide additional protection by using sunscreen with a factor of at least SPF 15 (there are proprietary products on the market which only need to be applied once per day). Staff will be supervising children applying sunscreen and helping those that are not able to apply sunscreen by themselves. If you would like your child to be included please send a bottle of factor SPF15 sunscreen clearly labelled with your child’s name.
More details of these and other new sun protection plans can be found in our sun protection policy which I am attaching to this letter. I have also included a SunSmart information card which will explain how to keep your child safe from the sun at home.
Your support is very important if our new policies are going to work. You can help by:
- Sending your child to school with a wide-brimmed hat and wearing the correct school uniform.
- Apply sunscreen before the start of the school day (there are proprietary products on the market which only need to be applied once per day) or sending extra sunscreen to school with your child.
Together I hope we can have a very happy and safe term to come.