Wet Weather Arrangements
I am aware that a number of parents have raised concerns regarding wet weather arrangements.
I can confirm that the following arrangements will be applied:
- Before School – in the event of excessively wet or windy weather, children will be invited to enter the school building at 8.40 a.m.
- Morning Interval and Lunch Time – in the event of excessively wet or windy weather, arrangements will be made for children to remain indoors.
I can also confirm that the morning interval and lunch time arrangement has always existed.
I am keen for children to experience outdoor breaks and lunchtimes. You will recognise that fresh air and exercise is beneficial for health and well-being. However, it is also beneficial for focus, concentration and preparation for learning.
I recognise that there have been times recently when children have been outside when it has been raining. The application of wet weather arrangements can be difficult. On occasion children have been outside when the rain has been light and become heavier during break time. Adults have differing opinions as to when a wet weather arrangement should be applied.
I acknowledge that children should have been invited into the school building today owing to the excessive rainfall. Please accept my sincere apology for this oversight.
Some parents have raised the issue of the school gates.
Many parents will be aware that the school gates were unlocked, opened and locked again by our School Crossing Patrol Officer, Peter Thomson.
Peter retired in October and we reviewed the gate procedure.
We share our Service Support Officer (Janitor), Mr. Nowakowski, with Northfield and Willowbrae Community Centre. This has resulted in Mr. Nowakowski requiring to be in both establishments at unplanned times.
Our review concluded that if Mr. Nowakowski was not available to lock the gates and no management staff or support were available to close and lock the gates, the gates would then remain open and unlocked and thus present a safety risk for pupils. For this reason, a decision was taken for the gates to remain closed.
However, as you address one health and safety issue you create another.
I am aware that many people now use the narrow gate adjoined to a small set of stairs and the volume of pedestrian traffic now presents a different health and safety risk.
I will review this issue with key school staff and inform you of the outcome.
I offer my sincere thank you to those parents who have raised these issues.
I can reassure everyone in our school community that the health, safety and well-being of ALL in our school community is considered very seriously.
Please do not hesitate to contact me in the event you require more information. You can call the school on 0131 669 3200, e mail at email@example.com or meet with me in person.