Weather update Monday 6th @ 6.20 pm

We plan to open school again tomorrow, Tuesday 7th December.  Thanks for your patience today.  It was a long, hard afternoon for everyone!

East Lothian Council advises that school transport will operate where possible. Pupils should wait no longer than 15 minutes for their bus or taxi to arrive. If it does not turn up, they should head back home.

Snow update Friday 2nd @ 3.50 pm

The current weather forecast indicates we should be able to open the school on Monday morning (December 6). If we are unable to open the school due to adverse conditions or safety concerns, we will endeavour to announce this as early as possible on Sunday evening. Please check this website, and Radio Forth for updates. Please also note updates on school transport as explained below.

Although we are making every effort to return our school to normal service as soon as possible, this will inevitably take time. We ask that you are patient and co-operate with us as we work to achieve this. Please also consider the safety guidance below before making a journey to school.

School Meals

We will attempt to provide school meals, we advise you to provide their child with a packed lunch if normal school meal arrangements cannot be provided.

School transport

We regret that school transport will inevitably be badly disrupted on Monday by the ongoing weather and travel conditions. East Lothian Council will provide further updates on its website as soon as possible.

Safety and travel advice

Given the volume of snow and ice and current driving conditions, we ask parents to avoid driving their child to school wherever possible. Despite our efforts to clear snow and ice to open up safe routes to school, pavements in many areas are still in a very poor condition. Please dress your children appropriately for the weather conditions and make sure that you and your children take extreme care when walking to school. If you have young children, or have concerns about your child’s safety, make sure you accompany them on their walk to school.

More educational activities

Here are two more suggestions to help your children learn at home.  This crystalline snow is pretty poor for making snowmen (or it is in my garden!) so the attraction of snow sculpture must be wearing thin anyway.  The first of the two documents will give your child access to a whole host of great educational websites.  The second on provides sites which make use of the snow as an educational resource for learning science, maths, art etc.  Just click to download – they are Word files.

Primary Schools weblinks

Snow activities

Severe weather update (1st Dec 2010, 3.30pm)

Schools

Due to the continuing severe weather conditions, it has been confirmed that ALL East Lothian schools will remain closed to pupils on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December.

The forecast for Wednesday night is for worsening weather conditions with snowfalls of between 5 and 10cm and falls of 20-30cm in some parts of the county.

Major efforts to open up safe access routes to schools will continue during the rest of the week. East Lothian Council appreciates that these closures are causing major inconvenience to parents and carers. However, every effort is being made to re-open schools in the face of unprecedented severe weather conditions and transport difficulties.

Further updates for this week will be added here in due course with information also being available on Radio Forth and school websites.

School staff should continue to follow the Policy on Employee Absence due to Adverse Weather conditions.

Access to learning resources at home

During the adverse weather, and at any other time, parents, carers and children are able to access a wide range of learning materials though our innovative eduBuzz.org web site. You can find a wide range of learning resources, suggested research activities and homework tasks – either on your own school’s Edubuzz pages or on any of the other school sites.

Our teaching staff are adding to and updating this information on a regular basis and many of them are available to contact by email. Edubuzz also gives you access to over 1000 other sites and the opportunity to network with more than 2000 contributors across East Lothian.

For a full list of Edubuzz school sites, including your own school, go to http://shortlinks.www.edubuzz.org/schoolsites

Severe weather update (updated 15:00, Tues 30th November)

The following information was published on the East Lothian Council web site on Tuesday 30th November 2010 at 3pm.

All East Lothian schools will remain closed to pupils on Wednesday 1 December. Also information on refuse collections roads, sports centres, libraries and more…

Schools

Due to the continuing severe weather conditions, it has been confirmed that ALL East Lothian schools will remain closed to pupils on Wednesday 1 December. Major efforts to open up safe access routes to schools will continue during the course of tomorrow (Wednesday). East Lothian Council appreciates that these closures are causing major inconvenience to parents and carers. However, every effort is being made to re-open schools in the face of severe weather conditions and transport difficulties.

Further updates for this week will be added here in due course with information also being available on Radio Forth and school websites.

School staff should continue to follow the Policy on Employee Absence due to Adverse Weather conditions.

Snow update Tues. 30th 10.45 am

The trip to the Lyceum has been re-arranged for Monday 13th December.  Pupils need to be at school promptly as the buses leave the playground at 8.45 am.

The P5/6 trip to the Museum on the Mound has been postponed until January.  We will inform parents as soon as we know the revised date.

Don Prentice says that he is very unlikely to take the buses out tomorrow.

The school car park is presently under about two feet of snow!  More details as soon as we have them.

Snowy weather update

Monday 29th November:

Well, it’s 3.15 pm and there’s no decision about school closures yet.   However please not the following important news:

Don Prentice is planning NOT to run the school buses tomorrow.

The Snow Queen trip has been postponed.  The Lyceum is checking dates to find an alternative performance for us to attend.

More snow is forecast for East Lothian.  At least the sledging is good!  We’ll post an update as soon as we have any more news.

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