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Dear Parents and Pupils

 

I have made the decision to close Forge Valley School tomorrow, 02/03/2018. Again I hope this provides certainty for parents and pupils in advance of tomorrow.

 

The school site remains hazardous despite efforts to clear snow from the school grounds throughout the day. I do however remain very concerned about pupils' journeys to school, in particular the pavements up Wood Lane and the very poor conditions on side roads in the area.

 

The weather forecast from the Met Office is for heavy snow up until late this evening  and during the night, and throughout Friday, temperatures will remain below zero. These factors will be exacerbated by high winds.

 

It is therefore my judgement that I cannot be assured that pupils will be safe to and from school and also on the school site.

 

Tomorrow the school will ensure that by the end of the day the site is safe and ready for opening on Monday, assuming no further snow falls over the weekend.

 

I apologise in advance for any inconvenience my decision has caused, but the safety of both pupils and staff is paramount.

 

Mr Barrowclough

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It is always the school’s aim to remain open except in the most extreme circumstances when we are forced to close because there is a risk to the health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors.

 

Information for parents

 

Parents will be informed of school closure in the following ways:

  • A message will be posted on the school website as soon as a decision is made
  • A text message will be sent to all parents (please ensure we have your up to date mobile phone number)
  • There will be an announcement sent to BBC Radio Sheffield

 

Closure will be avoided wherever possible. Please do not contact the school in bad weather to check whether school is open. Unless announced as above, we will be open.

 

Parents should be aware that in extreme weather conditions significant staff or pupil absences may result in emergency timetabling being put into effect.

 

Should weather conditions deteriorate during the school day and a decision to close school is taken, parents will be informed by text and pupils with permission will be sent home with a letter of explanation.

 

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Sheffield S6 5HG

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