Schools in the winter
How are schools prepared for this year?
The education department has put in place additional measures to try and ensure the education of children and young people continues in the event of severe winter weather conditions.
We have over 1000 teachers in the Borders and most now have a designated 'snow school' (resilient school initiative) which is within 1.5 miles walking distance of where they live. The idea of a snow school is that a teacher could potentially walk to their school if they cannot travel to their normal school where they teach. This has been put in place to try and ensure there are enough staff in schools to ensure that as many schools as possible can remain open.
Please see our resilient schools FAQ page for more information on 'snow schools'.
Approximately six weeks worth of pupil materials has been developed and pupils can access this work either via our website or the school's own website; or GLOW (the school's national intranet) if they cannot get into school. Many schools have also uploaded lessons onto their own school's website. Please check this first.
Snow clearing equipment and salt supplies
We have made significant investment in providing snow clearing equipment for schools. All schools also have a substantial supply of salt which was delivered to all schools in August. The amount of salt each school has in supply depends on a range of factors such as school location, size of campus, geography etc.
How can you help?
All schools are always keen for volunteers to make themselves known to help clear accesses to schools if necessary. If you would like to become a school snow volunteer, please contact your nearest school headteacher.