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Emergency information

 

A quick guide to our emergency procedures in school

  • Breakdown of essential school services

    These arrangements are for both Lindley C E Infant and Lindley Junior Schools

    IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

    It is a rare event for the school to be closed on a normal school day. It can happen if there is a breakdown of essential services such as heating failure, no water or electricity supply.

    Breakdown of essential services:
    Where possible any closure will be notified to parents by text and letter the previous afternoon.
    Children will never be sent home early without notice, we will always keep children here until they are collected.
    As far as possible, parents will be contacted by telephone and/or text and asked to collect children.
    In the event of an overnight breakdown you will be informed of closure at the school gates the next morning, and asked to take the children home.
    The message on the answer phone will be changed to confirm the closure and announce the re-opening of the school.
    We will try to have the closure announced on Radio Leeds and The Pulse. We will also publish information on the website.
     

  • Fire Safety

    Lindley CE Infant School is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all its staff, pupils and other adults who may be affected by its activities, this includes fire safety.

    We fully accept the duties that are required of us under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and have put into place appropriate organisational arrangements to ensure the delivery of high standards in fire safety performance.

    The Governors and Head Teacher are responsible for implementing the requirements of the Fire Safety Policy and are accountable for the management of fire safety within the school. All employees also have key roles and responsibilities to ensure the highest levels of fire safety performance are achieved and maintained.

    All staff, pupils and visitors are made aware of the fire evacuation procedures.  A fire evacuation practice will be carried out at least 4 times a year.

  • Lockdown and Invacuation

    A lockdown or invacuation procedure would be used if the need ever arises when children are outside to get them inside for safety as soon as possible, or if the children are inside and need to remain in the classroom because of an internal danger.  It may be that a danger is spotted by staff on duty, or instructions are received from an outside emergency service.  The Lockdown procedure in school  is supported by guidance issued on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/developing-dynamic-lockdown-procedures

    An invacuation may be deemed the most appropriate course of action if an emergency situation occurs outside the school buildings or grounds and which renders an evacuation unsafe.  Once the children are safely inside, school activities can continue as normal.

    Invacuation may be appropriate in many circumstances.  For example:

    • If air pollutants are present due to a nearby fire of chemical release
    • If a dangerous animal is in the playground
    • If an aggrieved or intoxicated parent is trying to obtain access to pupils or staff

    Lockdown may be deemed the most appropriate where an external or internal danger poses a significant threat to both staff and pupils.  In the event of a lockdown, staff and pupils would be expected to stay in a designated safe area inside until advised otherwise by the emergency services. 

    The additional step of lockdown of the buildings/grounds aims to help prevent an intruder or violent individual from causing harm.  Entrances to the school will be secured to make every effort to prevent an intruder from entering the premises. 

    A lockdown practice will be carried out with the children at least 3 times a year in the same way as we have fire evacuation practices. 

  • Severe Weather

    IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES IN CASE OF SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS


    It is a rare event for the school to be closed on a normal school day. It can happen if there are severe weather conditions.

    Severe Weather overnight:
    If heavy snow falls overnight, we will up date the front page of the school website as soon as possible and a text message will be sent to inform you if school is open or not.    Members of staff who live locally will try to be in school to answer the phone but please do not drop your child off at school without first establishing that school will be opening.

    Please be assured that we only decide to close our school in exceptional circumstances where the safety of the children is the primary concern. On occasion this may be due to the availability of teaching staff who travel some distance to reach school, rather than purely conditions for pupils getting to school.

    The closure will also be posted on Kirklees website: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/announcements/disruptions-closures-and-weather/default.aspx.

    Severe weather conditions during the school day:

    • If there is heavy, sustained snowfall if parents wish to collect their children before the end of the school day, please contact the school office.

    • We ask parents to come to the school office and sign out their child.

    • Children will never be sent home early without notice.

    • Even in severe weather conditions, the school day will continue until 3.25pm as usual, but please assume that after school activities will be cancelled.

    • It is parents' responsibility to inform any other after school provision about any changes to their children's after school arrangements.

     

    If School is open during adverse weather conditions

    Although we can’t guarantee it 100%,  once school opens during the snowy weather we would always stay open until the end of the day and would never ask you to collect your children early. There are enough staff who live locally to ensure the children are cared for throughout the day. However, we don’t know the circumstances of individual families and if conditions worsen or your situation changes during the day which means youneed to collect your child early because you wouldn’t be able to collect them at 3.25pm, please contact the school office.

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