Adverse Weather Arrangements
In any school closure emergency (snow or otherwise) we would like to be sure that all parents or emergency contacts can be contacted promptly. Information is gathered annually and you will receive the relevant forms in due course (ScotXed). Any change in emergency address (known as a snow address) should be notified to school to ensure that each pupil can be accommodated in Rhynie if necessary.
In the event of severe weather the school bus may not run. If this happens please do not bring your son or daughter into school as we will have no way of getting them home.
There are three options for finding out whether or not the school is open or closed. Please note: social media is not an official outlet for informing about a school closure, but we will endeavor to update the PTC page (as not all parents are on social media).
1. Telephone Information Line:
The line can handle 10,000 calls per minute. The number is 0370 054 4999. You will be asked for the school PIN number. It is 022510. Once the PIN number is entered, simply follow the instructions (you need a push pad telephone to do so). During bad weather information will be updated each evening at about 6.00pm, or as appropriate.
2. Online – on the council website:
The website is at http://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/Apps/schools-closures/ The website is easy to use and, again, the information will be updated at regular intervals as appropriate. You can also Sign in with myAberdeenshire to register for email alerts or download the myAberdeenshire app to get notifications when your school(s) updates their closure status.
3. Radio Announcements
Local radio stations will continue to announce closures (in fact, the website is linked to these radio stations, and when the school updates the message on the site it is automatically e-mailed to them).
The radio stations are:
BBC Radio Scotland
NECR (North East Community Radio)
The systems described above should make it easier to get accurate information about school closures during bad weather or other emergencies.
Please use the Information Line rather than phoning the school. It is impossible to answer promptly all the calls to the school on those days when the weather is bad. The Information line is a better alternative.
Should there be a sudden emergency during the school day parents will be contacted to collect their child and again the local radio stations will be informed and will broadcast information.