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Storm Eunice – All students to be remotely educated from home on Friday 18th of February

You will no doubt be aware that the Met Office has issued a Red Weather warning in our region. We are concerned about the safety of students and staff travelling to school by car, bus or on foot as they would undoubtedly be at risk from flying debris and fallen trees.

Met Office Link


Please also see below for some Met Office advice on what to expect and how to keep your family safe during the storm.

Therefore, after consulting with Ilfracombe Junior School and other local schools before taking the difficult decision to educate all students remotely on Friday 18th of February. We are doing this due to the threat that Storm Eunice presents to our students, staff and parents and want to confirm that no one should come to school on Friday 18th of February for any reason. Students should access classcharts where they will be able to engage with pre-recorded lessons similar to the work they accessed during Lockdown 3.0. However, if phone lines and internet connections have been storm affected then the students should use their knowledge organisers by completing at least 2 days of work during that scheduled school day.

We are making this decision early in order to let our parents and carers to put any arrangements in place that they need and also to allow our staff to plan their remote lessons.

The Romeo and Juliet performances will also provisionally be moved to Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of March. However, a number of highly talented Year 13 students have University interviews, and we need to make sure that they are available before we can confirm the rescheduled dates.

We appreciate that this is a huge inconvenience to all our parents and carers and especially for those that have had to recently had to support their children’s remote education due to staff absence. However, we are only taking this decision in order to keep everyone in our leaning community safe.

Yours Sincerely

Steve Rogers (Headteacher)

MET Office Advice

Storm Eunice causing significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds on Friday.

What to expect

  • Flying debris resulting in danger to life

  • Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down

  • Uprooted trees are likely

  • Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights

  • Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage

  • Large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes, including flooding of some coastal properties

Stay safe in a storm

Gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK.

Be prepared, stay safe and protect property

Make sure you know what to do

Before the storm

  • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break them

  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors such as those on garages

  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences

  • Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°

  • If the house is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened

  • If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them

During the storm

  • Stay indoors as much as possible

  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees

  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences - if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side

  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress

  • If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you

  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

  • Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible

  • Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle

  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging

  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened

  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs

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