SEN transport in bad weather
What happens in bad weather?
In severe weather conditions (e.g. snow, storms, floods) it may be necessary to either change or cancel transport arrangements for safety reasons. It is an individual driver's decision as to whether they can operate or take a certain route, as they are the only responsible party who is aware of all the facts. It is vital that they put the safety of the students first and this means that we cannot insist that the transport runs, or that a child or young person is taken directly to their home if there is no safe route available. If you are advised by the transport company that your child's morning journey has been cancelled, you should assume that the afternoon journey will also be cancelled, unless you hear otherwise.
Parents/carers who have chosen to take their children to school during bad weather should ensure they have confirmed return transport arrangements for their child before leaving them at school. Transport is arranged to run at set times and therefore if a school decides to close early due to adverse weather, it may not be possible for transport companies to arrive earlier than normal. Therefore the school will need to ensure that students are supervised until they are collected. If a parent/carer does not want their child to attend school during bad weather (perhaps due to concerns that they could get stranded at the school or during the journey) they should contact the transport company to inform them at the earliest opportunity.
In bad weather conditions, parents/carers are advised to regularly check the County Council's website Temporary school closuresOpens new window and to listen to local radio. If parents/carers suspect that the school is closed but there is nothing on the website or the radio, they should contact the school directly before travelling. Parents/carers should also contact the school if they are unable to travel due to bad weather but the school is open.