East Lothian Council

Severe weather - your questions answered

School closures

05 March 2018

All East Lothian Council schools, nurseries and specialist education provision will re-open on Monday, March 5.

There has been a huge amount of effort by our teams to clear snow from pathways – thanks to parents and residents for their assistance with this. Please be aware of surface conditions given the low temperature. Ensure children walking to school have appropriate footwear and are dressed to the conditions. In the interests of the safety, children and young people should go straight into the school building on arrival.

It has been confirmed that St David's RC School in Dalkeith, which is attended by some young people from East Lothian, will be open tomorrow.

There a small number of services in rural areas (a combination of buses and taxis) which will either not run or be disrupted due to road conditions on Monday. These are:

  • The 151 to Dunbar Grammar School (from Bilsdean only)
  • The 157 to Knox Academy (not running)
  • The 158 to Knox Academy (from Gifford only)
  • The 162 to North Berwick High School and Law Primary School (from Whitekirk only at 8.15am)
  • The 163 to North Berwick High School (not running)
  • The 170 to Ross High School (main road only)
  • The 171 to Ross High School (main road only)
  • The 123 to the Gaelic Unit in Edinburgh will not serve Glenkinchie
  • The 152 to Dunbar Grammar School will not serve Dunglass Estate and Crowhill
  • There will be no bus services to Yester Primary School (118, 119, 120).
  • The 121 - which serves both Yester Primary School and Knox Academy - will not be running.

Road conditions are improving. Please call or check with transport provider websites for further updates.

More info on snow clear up

School openings

During severe weather, headteachers are normally responsible for deciding whether to close their schools. In all instances, they will try to keep schools open if at all possible so as to create minimum disruption to children's education. However, we must also take into account the risks posed by:

  • asking parents, children and school staff to travel to school when travelling conditions are poor
  • poor heating or sanitation caused when, for example, pipes freeze or burst
  • inability to provide school meals
  • conditions in the school grounds and the surrounding area, for example, flooding or sheet ice.

We try to make sure that information about school closures are on the council website, but you may also want to contact your school or nursery to make sure what's happening. If a school is closed for some time, it is worth checking your school's web site, using the contact link above, to see whether the school is posting homework and guidance to help your child study at home.

School transport

East Lothian Council uses a range of transport companies to provide school buses for East Lothian children who live more than two miles away from their school.  In severe weather, these services can be disrupted. If services are affected we will provide an update from the homepage of the Council website

If your school is open but your school bus service has been cancelled due to bad weather, you can transport your child to school yourself if you think it is safe for you to do so, or you can keep your child at home. It would be helpful if you could phone your child's school before 9.30am to let them know that your child will not be attending school. 

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