On rare occasions, for example during extreme weather conditions or when the school has no heating or water, the head teacher and chair of governors may have to take the decision to close the school. It is school policy to keep the school open if at all possible, but there are occasions when it would not be possible to operate the school within the health and safety requirements.
In the very unlikely event of an emergency closure during the school day, the school will contact parents via the telephone contact details kept in school. All children will be kept safely until collected. Please ensure, therefore, that the school has your up-to-date daytime telephone contact details.
In the event of an emergency closure before the start of the school day the school will notify Oxfordshire County Council and the local radio stations and will send a group email to all parents who have sent emergency contact email details to the office. If parents need to find out whether or not the school is closed they should:
Check their email if they have asked to be contacted by email;
Look on the county public website: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures;
Listen to the announcements of the local radio stations:
BBC Radio Oxford – VHF/FM 95.2
Heart FM (Oxfordshire) – VHF/FM 102.6
JACK FM – VHF/FM 106.8
Parents are advised not to call the radio stations otherwise switchboards can become jammed and prevent the radio stations receiving information from schools. Parents may attempt to call the school, but the school cannot guarantee that there will be someone in the office to man the phone.
Our hot school dinners are prepared in the kitchen at Langtree School and delivered to Checkendon in time for lunch. Langtree School may be closed on days when Checkendon School is open. We ask therefore that, if there is snow on the ground but Checkendon School is open, parents assume that hot dinners will not be delivered and send their child with a packed lunch.