WITH a cold snap forecast later this week Warwickshire County Council is reminding parents and carers how they can find out about emergency school closures.
There are a number of ways for parents to find out if their child’s school will be closed. They can go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures, sign up for the council’s text and email alerts, tune in to their local radio station or even follow the tweets from @wccschoolclosed (become a follower online at twitter.com/wccschoolclosed).
The website and Twitter feed provide an invaluable service if schools are forced to close due to severe weather conditions or through other emergency circumstances such as a flu pandemic.
Warwickshire County Councillor Heather Timms, portfolio holder for children, young people and families, said:
“We’ve set up a number of convenient ways for parents to check if their child’s school will be affected and encourage them to visit our website or follow our tweets to keep updated.”
In addition to online information, Warwickshire’s free school closure text message service has proved popular with parents in previous years.
The service automatically issues a text message to all users of the service when schools have had to close. It takes just a couple of minutes to sign up online through www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures and up to three schools can be selected by each user.
Last year almost 3,000 people signed up for email and text message notification and approximately 18,000 text message notifications were sent out during the winter period.
During the heavy snow fall in early January 2010, the website closure pages received over 76,000 visits in just one day.
Subscription to the service expires at the end of the summer term each year, so parents and carers need to sign up at the start of each academic year to continue receiving updates.
At the same website, people can also sign up to receive email alerts and link to the school closures RSS feed – a simple way of displaying text and importing it into other computer applications.