Alford Academy makes every effort to ensure that the education of children is interrupted as little as possible, but accepts that in severe weather conditions, or in other emergencies, the safety of pupils and staff is paramount and that partial or complete closure of the school may be necessary. These guidelines outline Aberdeenshire Council’s procedures and guidance as to your responsibilities in the event of adverse weather or other emergency closure situations.
In the event of adverse weather please check the school closure information on the Aberdeenshire Council website:
https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/Apps/schools-closures/ (you can register to receive email alerts re school closures)
Alternatively, you can telephone the phone line 0370 054 4999 (Pin number = 021010).
The Head Teacher will make a decision based on weather forecasts, advice from Police Scotland / other appropriate agencies, and discussions with local transport operators & school staff. Depending on the severity of conditions, there may be a full closure of the school or a partial closure eg. school may be open for village pupils only or certain bus routes may not run. The school aims to update the website and phoneline as early as possible – however the situation can change due to developing weather and road conditions.
Additional guidance for parents/carers can be found by following the link below to the letter, which is sent home in Autumn of every school session. Please can all parents & carers ensure that you provide the school with a valid storm address within safe walking distance of the school, as well as ensuring that your contact information is up to date.