Emergency school closures
Hertfordshire has over 500 schools across the county. In severe weather conditions, the decision about whether to close the school is made by the headteacher in consultation with the chair of governors. It is based on local conditions, and often depends on whether enough teachers have been able to get to the school to ensure pupil safety. Some might be able to open, others nearby might be forced to close.
What happens during severe weather?
Your school will tell you in advance how they intend to notify you if the school is closed. You can also check to see if your school is closed on online school closure reporting system. Check the system before midday to see if your child's school will be open on that day. After 12pm, all entries on the system will be cleared so schools can begin to upload information about closures on the following day.
Or, listen to your local radio station. The station will announce the school closures regularly throughout the 'Drivetime' slot in the morning and/or put a list of closed schools on their website if possible (please note that not all stations put the information on their website).
To find out if your school is closed, listen to the following radio stations.
Heart 101.7 Essex for Harlow. Areas covered: Hertford, Ware, Cheshunt, Broxboune, Bishop's Stortford, Hoddesdon, Sawbridgeworth, Much Hadham
BBC Three Counties Radio 103.8fm/92.1fm/90.4fm/630mw/1161mw. Areas covered: The whole of Hertfordshire
Heart 96.6 Hertfordshire (previously Mercury 96.6). Areas covered: Watford, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Rickmansworth, Berkhamsted, Redbourn, Borehamwood, Kings Langley, Radlett
Mix 96 (96.2fm). Areas covered: Tring and Berkhamsted
106 Jack FM Hertfordshire (previously Hertbeat). Areas covered: Stevenage, Letchworth, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Hitchin, Ware, Hertford
Heart 103 Cambridgeshire. Areas covered: Royston
Heart 96.9 Home Counties (previously Heart 96.9 Bedford). Areas covered: Letchworth, Hitchin, Baldock
Heart 97.6 Home Counties for Beds, Bucks, Herts (previously Heart 97.6 Dunstable). Areas covered: St Albans, Stevenage, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, Berkhamstead, Harpenden
Radio Verulam 92.6. Areas covered: St Albans, Harpenden, London Colney, Colney Heath, Radlett and Shenley
Watford's Vibe 107.6FM. Areas covered: Watford, Rickmansworth, Kings Langley
Please remember that each individual school will make a decision on their circumstances, so please check whether your school is open before setting out.
We also encourage schools to make full use of their websites and answerphone messages to publish news and information whenever possible, but remember that during severe weather staff may not be able to get to the school office to leave a message or answer the phone.