School Staying Open (DV) Friday 18 January 2013
Weather forecasts for the previous 2 days have obviously been causing me some concern. Sleet has been forecast for the area. Barring heavy falls of snow overnight, it is my intention that Newtownhamilton High will remain open on Friday 18.1.13.
Please be aware that for most buses, the route taken may well be on main roads only. Drivers will make a decision on the route to be taken on Friday morning. In the interests of the pupils’ safety, buses may not be travelling on minor roads, especially those with steep hills.
Eg1 Norman’s bus - may be on main road from Keady to Newtownhamilton
Eg2 Brendan’s bus - may be using main Castleblaney Road and not Old Road
Eg3 Gerard’s bus - possibly pickup in Belleeks, Black's Stables and Whitecross (not Kingsmills)
Eg4 William’s bus - usual route (check website at 7.30am).
Importantly, please also be aware that pupils may need to be left at their pickup points on the main roads in the evening. It is recommended that pupils bring a charged mobile phone to school so that they can be used in case of emergency.
As I am not familiar with the exact details of these bus routes and times, please use your best judgement as to when you think that buses might be passing a particular point on the main road. It would also be helpful if pupils could keep in contact with each other by mobile phone as to when they have been picked up.
It is hoped that parents will support the school by bringing their children, if necessary, to a main road for picking up. Attendance today (93%) has been very encouraging. However, please do not put yourselves or your vehicles at risk; steep hills are very dangerous when covered in slush and snow.
Parents and pupils are reminded that updates regarding school openings and bus routes can be accessed on this website from 7.30am onwards (during previous periods of snow we had nearly 300 “hits” in a single day).
Finally, if you read this message, it would be appreciated if you could let neighbours know that we are trying to stay open on 18.1.13 and that the website is an invaluable tool in providing the most up to date information available.
Mr G Mullan
Updated 17.1.13 at 3.05pm