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NAHT urges safety is the most important concern for schools in severe weather

As cold temperatures and snow are forecast for the UK in the week ahead, NAHT has issued the following statement.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, said:

“In adverse weather conditions, school leaders and teaching staff should travel to work if it is safe to do so, safety concerns are the most important as it is a safety issue first and foremost. 

"Schools should stay open if they possibly can but safety concerns are the most important. If it’s not safe for the school to be open then it is fine to close. It is a safety issue for us first and foremost.

"You have to take into consideration journeys at the beginning and the end of the day, as conditions may change whilst the school is open. It is important that staff and parents can get home at the end of the day as well. 

"School closure has a knock-on effect on families, parents sometimes have a frustration that schools close unnecessarily. It’s a good idea to be proactive and let families know what your closure procedures are before they are needed. It is always about putting children’s safety first, and for schools to communicate with parents early, so that parents are not left in the lurch."

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