Apologies for late decision in delaying schools opening

Our apologies to all parents and carers for the lateness of the message this morning to delay the opening of schools until 11:00. The decision was taken by the education service as there have been a number of accidents on A701, A702 and A703 and traffic in most directions was at a standstill this morning. Roads from Borders/Pathhead/A7 area were really poor with blizzard conditions in many high areas. This led to head teachers/teachers/staff calling in to report they were stuck in traffic along with school buses/transport.

We wanted to keep children safe

In order to ensure that we had enough staff in schools to keep children safe we advised families not to bring children to school until 11:00 however, if children were on route we advised there would be staff at schools to greet them, but children may not be in their normal class until we had  staff in school.

We advised parents as soon as possible

The council advised parents/carers through Twitter, Facebook and Radio Forth by 08:15.

6 Mar 2018