As snow and freezing temperatures persist, many schools across York have had to remain closed for the safety of pupils and staff.
Understandably, this can be a difficult time for parents and families and often, notification for school closures can be received at short notice.
Headteachers and school staff work extremely hard to keep schools open wherever possible, but ultimately, in times of severe weather or emergency, they may have to make a decision to close the school.
There is a wide range of communications regarding school closures, particularly on social media. However, to receive the most up to date information on school closures, parents and guardians should visit the following website for certified and up to date information on school closures: https://www.york.gov.uk/info/20163/attendance_and_truancy/1047/schools_closed_today/1.
Alternatively, please follow @School_Services Twitter feed for the latest information on local school closures.
Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Interim Executive Member Children and Young People, said:
“The closure of a school can cause a great deal of stress for a parent or guardian, particularly when they have to arrange childcare arrangements at short notice.”
“Headteachers and staff put a great deal of effort in to keep a school open, but as we have seen over the last few days, in times of extreme weather, schools may have to be closed for the safety of pupils and staff.”
“I know that many parents have been in contact with their local Ward Councillors over recent days, particularly where families have children in different schools. I would strongly encourage parents and guardians to visit the Council’s website and look for school closures. There, the most up to date information on school closures in York will be displayed, as soon as any notification is received.”