New school closure advice line for Harlow and Essex schools

Education: Secondary / Wed 26th Nov 2014 at 11:37am

A NEW online notification system has been launched to keep parents up-to-date about unplanned school closures.

The system has been introduced by Essex County Council to allow parents and guardians to access information about school closures faster and more effectively via the internet.

All Essex schools will be able to complete a simple reporting process either on the day of the closure or the day before. Once completed, a notification will then be added to a live feed on the emergency school closures page on the council’s website (http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Dates/Pages/Emergency-School-Closures.aspx).

This feed will continue to update as notifications of school closures are received. The page will refresh at 6pm each evening and closure lists for the next day will then go live.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “School closures are always a last resort and we appreciate the inconvenience they can cause. For that reason, I am delighted that we have launched this new service, which will allow us to notify parents and guardians promptly and effectively.

“Radio stations in Essex have always been extremely helpful in not only listing school closures online, but also using their airtime to keep people informed.

“I hope they will continue to support us in getting vital school closure messages out in as many ways as possible, including signposting listeners to the school closures page on the council’s website.”

As well as the council’s new notification system, schools have been asked to provide information to parents about other ways they will communicate closures.

If parents suspect their child’s school is closed but it is not listed on the website they are advised to contact the school directly.

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