Severe Weather/ School Closure for St.Brigid’s School- advice and guidance for parents
Emergency closure before the start of the school day:

If the school ever needs to be closed for emergency reasons; including due to severe weather or loss of utility or heating services, information and regular updates will be posted on the school website and on the DCC website, on the school answering machine and local radio station as soon as possible.

The safety of both staff and pupils making the journey to school must be considered before a decision is made as to whether the school should be closed in the event of severe weather.

Emergency closure during the school day:
There may be rare occasions when an emergency situation means school has to close early, for example, in the event of a power failure or if the weather worsens during the school day and weather forecasts indicate a significant deterioration likely to affect local travel. It is important therefore that all parents are aware of the procedures that school will follow in such an event.

Before the start of the school day and if the forecast is worsening, please consider the following:

  • Can your child safely make the journey?
  • If your child comes to school and the weather worsens, will they be able to get home safely?

Arrangements for sending students home:
It is essential that we have at least one contact number which can be reached promptly in such an event.
Once the decision has been made to close early a notice will be placed on the school website and on DCC’s website. Parents will then be contacted. Please do not call the school to check if we are open or not as this will reduce the number of lines available to call parents.

Students will be dismissed from school either as school transport arrives, when parents collect, or in order to walk home. Students will not be allowed to leave the school site, without parental permission being received, either through prior written consent or telephone contact on the day. Parents would then be responsible for making arrangements to collect their child or arrange for them to get home.

Obviously we strongly encourage full attendance and hope that this guidance gives you confidence to send your child to school as normal, even when bad weather is expected. Please ensure that your child comes to school suitably prepared, with appropriate outdoor clothing and knowing how to contact you and if agreed with you, get home, or to a safe place (a relative, or friend) in the event of an emergency closure.