AS winter begins to bite parents and carers in East Sussex are being urged to sign up to an alert system that automatically tells them if their school is forced to close.
More than 13,000 parents and carers have already signed up to receive alerts following three bad winters.
The system notifies the county council, local radio stations including BBC Sussex and Heart FM, and updates the county council’s website – all within minutes.
It also sends an email to any parent who has signed up for closure alerts relating to their school.
Cllr Nick Bennett, lead member for schools and learning effectiveness, said: “Headteachers will do all they can to keep their schools open and minimise disruption to children’s education, but when conditions are bad they may have no choice but to close. Closing a school is a decision that only a headteacher can make, taking into account local factors and staffing levels.
For more information on how to sign up for closure alerts and to find out about disruption during severe weather, visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/weather.