Severe Weather plan - snow and ice

Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families

In adverse weather conditions, all Staff will endeavour to keep the school open. We would like you to make every effort to bring your child into school before the gate closes at 8.55am

The Holy Family School expects your child to be in school and ready to learn as poor attendance affects your child’s learning journey.


“Schools should, wherever possible, stay open in severe weather. They play a key role in their communities and by staying open help both their pupils and parents” Department for Education


Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.


As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However, schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.


We recognise that it is important that our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Holy Family School will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting pathways, clearing access points etc.


How will we let you know if the school is closed?


However, if we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, the Academy Principal may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website.  We will also update the school website banner and send a text; please ensure your mobile number is correct and updated in school. 


To determine whether Holy Family School is open or closed please visit . Search for the school in the search box. The Kent Closures website can also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as nurseries, children’s centres and libraries. Parents can also listen to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent or Heart FM to hear if the school has closed.

What can you do to help?

  • Please visit  for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey
  • Please enter the school through the children’s gate as usual, unless directed otherwise on the day
  • Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies, etc. or even a change of clothing
  • If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back-up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.

Many thanks for your support in helping Holy Family School remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.


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