We’ve assessed the site this afternoon and while we’re aware that the main roads are open, the combination of poor conditions on the side roads, footpaths and the state of the school site itself mean we will have to stay closed tomorrow. Again, I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
On the school site, there is pack ice under the snow that we cannot make safe. The forecast is for heavy snow overnight and into the morning tomorrow. This along with the continued strong winds (which are predicted to carry on blowing between 40-50mph overnight and tomorrow) are creating snow drifts and the continued sub zero temperatures mean conditions are too severe to have any meaningful impact when trying to secure the site. The updated Yellow Warning from the Met Office for South Yorkshire means we can’t declare the site safe for children and staff.
General side roads around Walkley Primary School are reportedly difficult to pass and will make travelling to school potentially treacherous for our families. The picture across the city is similar, and the poor conditions on side roads and footpaths mean that staff will find travelling longer journeys difficult also.
As a result of all of this, we’ll have to reluctantly close tomorrow, Friday 2nd March - and I’d rather take this decision now to allow families to plan for tomorrow.
Thank you again for all of your continued support.