Emergency School Closures

In the event of a major emergency such as fire, structural damage or a heating failure, it may be necessary to evacuate the school. In this event, children will be sent home if we know there are parents present.

In the event of severe weather, or another emergency that prevents schools from opening in the morning or results in an early closure, a range of communications channels are used to let parents know.

There is a parent cascade system set up to contact parents by text if such an emergency arises, using the telephone number parents have provided. Please make sure our Administrator has your most up to date contact information. Otherwise, the children will be looked after in a safe place until parents can be contacted.

Announcements will also be made on Radio Forth (Forth 1 and Forth 2) and via the Council’s corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts:

“In emergency situations/ school closures text messaging will be used to update parents. For this reason it is very important that we have your most up to date mobile phone numbers so we can contact you. Please let the school office know straight away if you change your number.

As we continue to try to improve our communications with you it would be helpful to have an email contact for you. Please note this will not be used for emergency closures at this time.”

Additional information is available from the City of Edinburgh Council School Closures Webpage.