Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.
As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.
We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. Herne Bay Junior School will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by gritting pathways and clearing access points.
How will we let you know if the school is closed?
However, if we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, Mrs Frances Nation may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via an SMS message.
What can you do to help?
• Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
• Please approach the school from the main entrance.
• Please can you provide a packed lunch from home in case school meals cannot be provided.
• Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies etc. or even a change of clothing.
• If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back‐up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.
Many thanks for your support in helping Herne Bay Junior School remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.
Instrumental Music lessons are now a regular features of our days at HBJS with about 1 in 5 of our children learning an instrument. We have a fantastic group of experienced professional musicians who visit the school each week to deliver individual and paired lessons on a wide range of instruments at competitive rates.
Please contact or visit the school office if you or your child would like to know more about Music lessons, timetables, fees, instruments or would like to start learning an instrument.
In Athletics club we aim to encourage and inspire children to make sport a part of their everyday life. The club focuses on developing a range of athletic skills. In Term 1 the emphasis is on long distance running, where the children complete drills and exercises to increase their stamina and endurance in this area.
In Terms 5 and 6 the focus will turn more to specific Athletic skills and techniques in sprinting, hurdles, javelin and shot put.
Our experienced catering staff prepare freshly cooked meals on a daily basis for our children to enjoy.
Meals are priced at £2.25
Provision is made for children to eat packed lunches. Glass bottles and fizzy drinks should be avoided and an unbreakable flask is preferred to reduce the spillage of drinks. We encourage children to bring healthy packed lunches.
Water and Snacks
We recognize that the drinking of water during the day is essential. Each child is provided with a water bottle and encouraged to drink regularly during taught sessions and use the water fountains during break. If your child loses their water bottle, you can purchase another one from the office for 70p.
A ‘Healthy Eating’ Tuck Shop sells juices and fruit.
Children are allowed to bring their own mid-morning snack which should consist of two or three plain biscuits (not chocolate) and/or a piece of fruit.
We are a "nut free" school, so please ensure that your children do not bring any products containing nuts into school.If your child eligible for free school meals please use the link below.
If your child is eligible for free school meals please use the link below.
Some of our menu items contain allergens, such as milk, eggs, gluten, fish, shellfish, celery, soya, mustard, sulphites, sesame and lupin. Peanuts and nuts are also classed as allergens, but these are not used on our menus. If you have any concerns or would like any further information please contact the school office.