East Lothian Council

Winter road maintenance

Schools winter weather FAQs

Children in play ground

Why are some schools open, some schools partially open and some schools closed?

The decision to close a school rests with the head teacher of the school. Any decision to close is taken in the interest of children safety, having assessed the local risks and having consulted, as appropriate with the Council and any school transport operators.

Some of the issues that schools take into account include:

  • conditions in the school itself
  • the capacity of the school to ensure the health and safety of students whilst in school, and
  • the ability of parents, students, staff and school transport services to each the school.

While schools in an area will normally try to co-ordinate their decisions, the individual circumstances can vary between individual schools in close proximity and may lead to different decisions being taken by schools.

How will parents be contacted if a school closes?

If your child’s school decides to close, the school will make all efforts to contact you. Each school will have its own procedure for this and we would advised you check and establish what this is.

The council website will also be updated, and Local radio or the school’s website may also be used to alert parents to a school closure, but check with school first.

Who is responsible for gritting the primary school and playgrounds?

Within the school boundary the treatment of playgrounds is the responsibility of the school. This would normally be carried out by school janitors or others on a day to day basis.

What if a school bus can't transport pupils to school due to the road conditions?

School bus operators have complete discretion to cancel or vary a route given the local weather conditions in order to ensure pupil safety. In the case of a morning journey if the driver decides the conditions are unsafe it is at the discretion of the parent whether they decide to transport their child to and from school.

Environmental Services

Telephone: 01875 824305

Out of hours emergency contact

Telephone: 01875 612818

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.