As we are all aware, the recent snow and blizzard conditions that have been plaguing the country have affected everyone, and as a result of this there has been much disruption to the school and other services in the area.
Unfortunately, we had to close the school on both Friday 18th January and Monday 21st January, with the best interests and safety of our staff and students in mind throughout. The headteacher wanted to inform parents and carers of our students that these decisions were not taken lightly, and not every decision made will please all parents and carers, and as such has written a letter justifying the school’s actions; you should be receiving a copy of this letter in the post but, in case you misplace or do not receive it, you can download a copy below:
In addition to this, the Association of School and College Leaders have also issued a statement on this issue, informing parents and carers of the official legal stance that the school has to take with regards to closing schools.
Commenting on the decision to close schools because of bad weather, ASCL General Secretary Brian Lightman said:
“No headteacher takes the decision to close their school lightly. Whilst heads will do everything they can to keep the school open, the key consideration has to be their ability to ensure the safety of students. If they do not think they can provide a site that is safe for the majority of students, they will close. This isn’t just about keeping pavements clear of ice and snow. Although many students may live close enough to get to school without difficulty, this may not be possible for staff who drive some distance. Headteachers will need to consider whether they can provide adequate supervision.
“Whether to shut in bad weather is a decision that headteachers dread to make because they know that whatever they decide, they leave themselves open to criticism. Heads know that the decision to close will be inconvenient for parents but they also know that it would be negligent of them to put children at risk in an unsafe environment.
“Headteachers will do all they can to minimise the disruption to young people’s education so in many cases, even if the school is closed for most year groups, exams will go ahead and those students sitting exams who can get to the school will be able to do so.”
You can see the article on the official webpage of the ASCL here:
Mrs Hewardine, and the entire staff at Maryhill High School, want to thank you for your patience and understanding with this matter, and if you have any further queries, please contact the school office.