School Closures


School Closure Due to Bad Weather or Other Emergency

We want to work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure the safety of children at all times.  These guidelines outline the procedures for dealing with school closures during bad weather or other emergency.


Parental Role

We would like you to:


School transport contractors have been told not to allow children to walk home alone from drop-off points under any circumstances during extreme weather conditions.  If you can’t meet or arrange for your child to be met, the school transport will return them to a designated location.

Public service vehicles – drivers of these vehicles follow a specified route and keep to timetables – they cannot make special arrangements.


When will schools be closed?

Head Teachers decide if and when schools should close due to bad weather or another emergency.  In bad weather they will decide this after receiving information about local weather conditions.  This decision can be made during any time, day or night.

During bad weather some staff may not be able to get to school – so the school may have to close because there are too few teachers present.  Sometimes only part of the school will be closed or only some of the pupils will be dismissed early.  If you are concerned about local weather conditions contact the school.  You may wish to collect your child yourself and are free to do so provided you make arrangements with the school.


Emergency Closures during the School Day

If your child attends a Nursery, Primary or SpecialSchool, which is to close early, the school will contact you by telephone. If this is not possible the school will contact your named ‘emergency contact’.

No child will be released from school without contact being made.  It is important contact details are current and the people named are available – particularly during bad weather.


Adverse Weather Procedures

Storm Warning Procedure before the start of the School Day

Parents should access the website School closures and transport changes – Aberdeenshire Council



Parents are advised to use the facility to receive information and updates about school closures.

Radio Stations e.g. North Sound, Radio Scotland are automatically told of a school closure when the school has entered details on the website. If adverse weather is forecast, every attempt will be made to make a decision whether to keep the school open, as early as possible.


What education might my child miss?

Some parents and pupils worry that important examinations or work is missed because the school is closed or conditions make it difficult to attend, but the safety and welfare of children must take precedence when making judgements about travelling to school in bad weather. At LairhillockSchool, pupils will be given a ‘snow pack’ containing a list of activities that can be completed during emergency closures.


Further Information

Outwith school hours, your local radio station is a good place to find out information on school closures. The following radio stations receive updated information every 15 minutes from the Aberdeenshire website:

Northsound 1

FM 96.9Tel: 01224 337000

Northsound 2

MW 1035 kHz

BBC Radio Scotland

FM 92.4 – 94.7MW 810 kHz

Moray Firth Radio

FM 97.4 MW 1107 kHz

North East Community Radio

FM 97.1 – 106.4Tel: 01467 632878

Waves Radio

FM 101.2Tel: 01779 491012

Original 106 FM

Tel: 01224 293800


Aberdeenshire Council Website       

School closures and transport changes – Aberdeenshire Council


School Information Lines

Public Transport Unit (9am – 5pm) 01224 665194

Education Offices (9am – 5pm)

Banff               01261 813340

Fraserburgh  01346 515303

Peterhead     01779 473269

Inverurie        01467 620981

Stonehaven 01569 766960


Contact Details

It is vital that parents keep us informed of up to date telephone contact numbers – home, work and local emergency contact(s) so that we can be sure of reaching you in any emergency situation.