SCHOOLS in north east Fife are gearing up for a repeat of last winter’s horrendous weather conditions.
Following a review of Fife Council’s winter maintenance policy, the education service has been urging pupils, parents and staff to be prepared in case temperatures plummet and snow falls.
If schools have to close, the local authority promises that headteachers will do all they can to ensure pupils and their parents or carers are told as soon as possible.
To keep up to date, there is an automated telephone closure line on 08451 55 11 99, and people can also sign up for text and/or email alerts by visiting www.fifedirect.org.uk/doitonline and clicking on ‘alerts’.
They can also follow Fife Council on Facebook and Twitter or tune into local radio and TV stations.
The headteacher will make the final decision to close the school during severe weather by 7am on the day, and where a school has closed on the morning of severe weather it is likely that any evening events planned for that day will be cancelled.
Similarly, community use schools will not open if the school has been closed during the day.
Head of education Bryan Kirkaldy said: “We continuously review and improve the way we deal with school closures due to severe weather and can assure pupils, parents and carers that we will be doing all we can to make sure that schools remain open should we experience any severe weather this winter.
“It really is common sense. The most important thing is to stay safe and warm: make sure that you allow extra time for any journeys made during severe weather and that you are dressed appropriately.”
He continued: “If your school is open, we will ensure one pathway per school is cleared so that people can access the building.
“This may not be the usual, or the quickest, route to the building.
“If we have any heavy snowfalls we will tackle the worst hit areas first, so please be aware that playgrounds and car parks will not be cleared as a priority until all schools are open.
“It’s also important to think about how you/your child travels to school.
“If it is by bus it is likely that there could be some disruption.
“Again you will find all the latest information on Fife Direct, Facebook, Twitter etc.
“If your school does have to close you can keep up with your course work through online revision material, as well as the through the materials and past papers that your teacher can provide.”
For more information visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/winter