Statement from Cardiff Council regarding severe winter weather advice to schools

The Met Office has updated their warnings for Thursday, March 1. The Amber Warning is now the highest risk Amber Warning possible and is in force from 12.00 (midday) Thursday 1st March. 

In the warning, the Met Office Forecaster has stated that "long delays and cancellations to public transport is expected, whilst some roads may become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers. Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are likely to occur" in places within that Amber Warning area. 

Given the accuracy of the forecast to date, and the known level of snow and disruption caused in other parts of the country, the safety of our pupils and staff is paramount. Therefore, the local authority has advised all schools to close tomorrow, to both pupils and staff. 

The final decision to close the school remains that of the Headteacher and the Chair of Governors. Parents are therefore advised to check for messages from their schools for the latest information. 

Whilst the amber alert comes into effect from midday tomorrow, the advice received is that, where there is snow, it is likely to fall quickly and intensely. It is unlikely there will be sufficient time to arrange all transportation needs for pupils and for staff to get home safely if a decision is left until lunchtime tomorrow. 

The current amber warning continues into Friday. However, there is every probability that schools will also need to close on that day also. The council will issue further advice to schools tomorrow afternoon. 

The public are advised to avoid any unnecessary journeys.