Severe Weather

 In case of severe weather, and possible school closure, please visit the  Perth and Kinross Council website for information updates. The Snow  Line Telephone number for parents/carers is 01738  475000 (lines are open from 8am, sometimes, in exceptional circumstances, from 7.00).  

 There will also be a message available on 01577 867200, if staff are in the Campus this number will also be answered  from 7am. Please note that the line may be busy with enquiries from  parents in these circumstances.

A list of information sources and announcement services can be found below, the full letter from our Headteacher can be viewed here.

Service

Contact Details

When Used

Other Comments

Radio Tay Am

Not applicable

All Instances

Frequency AM 1584  and 1161  (Perth only)

Announcements will be made as soon as possible following receipt of information from schools advising of a school closure.          

Radio Tay Fm

Not applicable

All Instances

FM 96.4  and 102.8 (Perth only)

Announcements will be made as soon as possible following receipt of information from schools advising of a school closure. 

PKC Customer Service Centre – Number for Parents

01738 475000 (main Council line)

All Instances

Available from 08:00 hours to 18:00 hours however this line may operate from 07:00 hours in exceptional circumstances. 

PKC website

www.pkc.gov.uk/schoolclosures

 

All Instances

Parents/Carers can find closure updates on the Perth and Kinross Council website by logging onto www.pkc.gov.uk where closures will be flagged up on the Home page, or alternatively access the information on http://www.pkc.gov.uk/Schoolclosures   

PKC Twitter and facebook

www.pkc.gov.uk/socialmedia

All Instances

 

Radio Heartland

Not applicable

Widespread conditions

FM 97.5, 106.6

Used if schools closed are within an area known not to receive Radio Tay signal

Radio Central

Not applicable

Widespread conditions

FM 103.1 

Used if schools closed are within an area known not to receive Radio Tay signal

 Groupcall

Message to listed emergency contacts

Closure during the school day

 

KHS Twitter

@kinrosshigh

All Instances

Amendments will be made as soon as possible

If heavy a snowfall during the day begins to affect roads, this is only an emergency situation for pupils and staff who have to travel a distance.  In this situation we take the advice of our bus and taxi operators, the police and up-to-date weather reports. If necessary we will arrange for pupils in outlying areas to be taken home early and for staff who travel a distance then to be released.  Local pupils may be sent home at a later stage. 

Since we cannot always give advance warning of an early closure it is sensible for families to have plans already made to deal with this situation.  We always tell pupils to stay in school if they do not have a safe house to go to, but this is not an ideal situation for any length of time.

We would use the Groupcall text messaging system to notify you in the event of an emergency closure of the school.  Please ensure that we have your up-to-date mobile telephone number for this to work effectively.  

We will never question a parent’s own judgement on the matter of a child’s safety.  Conditions in Kinross can be quite different from those in the surrounding countryside, and parents who decide to pick up children early will have our full co-operation even if the school is staying open.