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Bad Weather Arrangements - January 2019

SEVERE WEATHER ARRANGEMENTS

 

Although we generally enjoy mild conditions in this part of the country, there is always the possibility of bad weather disrupting transport of pupils to school or making conditions unsafe on the school site. Our first priority is to ensure the safety of our pupils. We will use local radio to inform parents if the school is closed (information about these stations is overleaf). If you have registered with our ParentMail and Epraise service we will also message you to say if the school is closed, if you aren’t registered please contact us to arrange. Please do not rely solely on this method as we have found in the past that it can take a while for texts to reach their destinations. There will be a message posted on the school website:

“Adverse Weather Conditions” http://www.danesfieldcofemiddleschool.co.uk/adverse-weather

and our Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/danesfield_mid

 

  1. Pupils Travelling to School by Bus

 

  • It is the bus contractors who will decide whether conditions are safe enough to collect the children. In making their decision they will make use of their considerable local knowledge, together with information from the Police and Local Authority Highways Department.

  • Parents should tune in to local radio stations, frequencies overleaf, for up-to-date information about any changes in local transport arrangements or go to the County Council’s website for up to date school and transport news:

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    www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-transport/public-transport/transport-affected-by-bad-weather or please call Taunton & West Somerset Transport office on 01823 355666.

     

  • Should there be any doubt in your mind as to whether your child’s bus will run; the information will be available at the relevant telephone number on the list overleaf. Please avoid ringing the school if at all possible. We have 3 telephone lines but they quickly become jammed if everyone calls.

  • If the bus is to run, pupils should make their way to the usual pick-up points, provided this can be done safely. They should then wait for a reasonable length of time to allow for any delays which may have occurred before considering returning home.

     

    1. Deteriorating Conditions During the School Day

     

  • We have a well-practised plan of action when weather conditions seem likely to deteriorate during the school day.

  • We use information from bus contractors, local Police and the telephone weather service to make any decisions about sending children home early.

  • If road conditions threaten to become unsafe, buses from those areas will come into school immediately. Pupils will be summoned from their classes to return home early in those circumstances.

  • Parents should ensure that their child(ren) know what to do if they have to come home early.

  • Pupils from areas where conditions are not unsafe will remain in school as normal.

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    1. Pupils not Travelling by Bus

     

  • The school policy is to open unless to do so might put the children at risk of injury. Many staff live in Bridgwater and Taunton and there may be occasions when we cannot open the school because we don’t have enough adults to ensure everyone is safe. If this is the case the information will be displayed as outlined above. Pupils are expected to make their way in to school unless parents consider it is unsafe to do so.

 

 

These events are very rare indeed and we hope that this winter will pass safely for all our children and parents. Please keep this letter safely for reference and make sure that Transporting Somerset have your correct contact details.

 

 

SCHOOL TRANSPORT ROUTES 2018/2019

 

Check Transporting Somerset’s Website:

www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-transport/public-transport/transport-affected-by-bad-weather

 

Taunton & West Somerset Transport Office: 01823 355666

 

 

COMPANY

 

ROUTE NUMBER

 

ROUTE DETAILS

 

RIDLERS Ltd

01398 323398

 

C318A (PM)

WASHFORD

UPTON COACHES

01398 371271

 

C283B (PM)

WASHFORD - ROADWATER

M VENNER

01643 707497

C311H

C314C(AM)

C314C (PM)

BLUE ANCHOR – BILBROOK, RODHUISH

WITHYCOMBE -TORRE

WASHFORD- TORRE -WITHYCOMBE

 

TAUNTON MINIBUSES

01823 257180

C391D

 

 

 

C392C

BICKNOLLER

HOLFORD - KILVE – E/W QUANTOXHEAD

 

STOGUMBER/BICKNOLLER

 

ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT W.SOM

01643 709701

C270B

TREBOROUGH -

ROADWATER - WASHFORD - MONKSILVER

 

 

Radio Stations :

 

BBC Somerset FM 95.5 & Online

Heart Somerset FM 102.6 & Online

The Breeze Radio FM 100.8 , 102.4 or 107.4

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