Emergency Procedures

School Closures due to Weather

Winter School Closures

The decision to close the school is not taken lightly. Mr Roberts in consultation with Reach South’s Regional Director, Mr Elms, will consider all the available options before deciding to close the school. The usual reason to close the school is due to the limited availability of staff. Many members of staff do not live locally and have to travel some distances into work. We need to have enough members of staff to ensure the safety of the children. Other factors sometimes cause a school to close, the loss of adequate heating, lighting, water or availability of school meals.

If it is decided to close the school a message will be put on the home page of our website and the school’s twitter account @moricetown. We will then inform the local media, Heart FM, BBC Radio Devon and Radio Plymouth, who usually put out regular updates of any school closures.

If we need to close the school early during the school day we will use the texting service to inform parents of our decision.

Obviously, if no message is put out, then assume the school is open as usual. Please try and avoid ringing the office to ‘check just in case’ many thanks.

Plymouth City Council will provide regular updates through their website and social media channels.
 
Nuclear Threat

Due to our proximity to the Dockyard and potential sources of radioactive material, schools and businesses need to follow a protocol in case of an emergency. Full guidance for parents can be downloaded by clicking here. Should there be a nuclear emergency, the school will go into lock down procedures. We will also follow the emergency procedures released by the Navy and provide each child with a potassium iodate tablet and await further instructions.