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Emergency Closure

Bridekirk Dovenby School may be closed for children at short notice due to a number of circumstances, for example:

  • Problems with heating or electricity
  • Problems due to water leaks
  • Problems due to inclement weather


A decision to close the school will generally be made by 8.00am. Parents will be informed by Teachers2Parents messaging service. It is important that as few people as possible are phoning school between 7:30am and 8:00am so that staff and bus companies are able to provide vital information. Please wait to be contacted by a school representative or listen to CFM/ Radio Cumbria/Bay Radio.*



There are occasions where sufficient staff are able to get to school but the buses are either not running or running a reduced service. As soon as information is received from the bus companies, this will be passed on via a school representative. On these occasions, parents must make their own decision as to whether it is safe to bring their child to school. If you bring them you must also collect them at the end of the day.



For safety reasons we are unable to send children home during the school day until we have made sure that someone is available to meet them. In practice this would mean having to telephone every emergency contact and as this will take some time, we will only close if the situation is very severe. Parents who are concerned about local conditions are welcome to collect their children from school. Please note that booked dinners will have to be paid for.


If we do have to close we will do so by the following routes:

Parents will be contacted by Teacher2parents text messaging service. 

If we cannot contact you, the children will remain in school until they are collected. It is important that parents do not keep telephoning the office as this prevents us from making arrangements to send the children home.


*Amended January 2009 (KA)

* Amended August 2010 (FS)