Circumstances arise from time to time when it's necessary to temporarily close a school. Headteachers should discuss and agree the closure with the local authority and chair of governors and closures should only be considered where the most extreme or exceptional circumstances make it absolutely necessary.
Each school will get in contact with parents and pupils using one or more of the following methods so that as many people as possible get the message:
- Texting, phoning or emailing parents
- School website
- School answer phone
- Local radio stations
- Notice on school gate, door or window
Planned closures - teacher days
Each year, schools have 5 days during term-time set aside for staff training. These are agreed a year in advance as part of the school holiday pattern and should be advertised to parents by the school.
Schools can also move 2 days of the local authority recommended holiday pattern for polling days or religious festivals, for example. These are also agreed by governing bodies a year in advance and should be advertised to parents as part of the school calendar.