• Calverley Parkside School, Victoria Street, Calverley, Leeds, LS28 5PQ
  • schooloffice@calverleyparkside.leeds.sch.uk
  • Tel: 0113 257 0884
  • Fax: 0113 204 7812

Key Information  »  Snow Plans

Snow Routines at Parkside

Since January 2013, Parkside has never had to close for snow or shorten the school day.
 

In the very unlikely event of a school closure due to snow, we would inform all families via T2P text messaging and the school website home page scrolling banner. This would be done at the earliest opportunity, probably before 7am so alternative childcare arrangements could be made.

Please do not phone school to see if we are open. Phone lines need to remain free so that staff can contact school to report their travel progress. If you have changed any of your contact details please let the school office know so that any communication does reach you.

Those of you who remember the very heavy snowfall of 2013 and 2014 will recall that school stayed open throughout the record breaking snowfall and low temperatures and we even managed to rapidly clear the snow from the playgrounds so children could get fresh air throughout the day.

Parkside also remained opened at normal times with no need for children to be dropped off late or collected early. If this winter does bring snow we will endeavour to maintain full and normal opening times.

 

Parkside Kids Club

This would be a priority area of the school to get open and ready for normal start times. If there was any chance of delay in opening, families would be texted at the earliest opportunity. If the annexe was difficult to open, staff would likely use the main school facilities instead.

 

Polite Request

Staff often spend a lot of time clearing snow from pathways and playgrounds so that children can safely play during breaks and lunchtime. We ask that children enjoy throwing snow beyond the school grounds so that cleared areas to do not ice over again.

If you have some spare time (and a snow shovel), any help clearing the school grounds is much appreciated. Staff normally arrive from 6.30am, so any help from that time onward is a huge support. If no further snowfall or rain is forecast, staff attempt to clear the main playgrounds.

If driving to school, please do not drop off children on the snow covered yellow zig-zag areas at the front of school. In slippy driving conditions, keeping this safe crossing point is even more essential.

 

Playing in the Snow

Do send your children in warm clothing so that they can play out during the day. Classes are sent outside for breaks if possible, even if it is snowing. Some children bring a change of footwear which is fine. EYFS children do often get the opportunity to explore the winter weather in the EYFS outdoor classroom which has soft surfaces or venture across to the park. Because we have no grassed area in main school, we unfortunately cannot allow KS1 and KS2 children to play in the snow due to the high chance of slipping on a concrete area. Staff undoubtedly encourage the children to use Victoria Park before and after school to enjoy the winter fun.