Dear Parents and Carers,
I am sure you are already aware but there is a ‘risk to life’ Red Weather Warning issued for Storm Eunice tomorrow (Friday 18th February 2022).
Red warning of wind
Areas affected: South West England | Wales
Storm Eunice causing significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds on Friday.
- Flying debris resulting in danger to life
- Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down
- Uprooted trees are likely
- Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights
- Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage
- Large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes, including flooding of some coastal properties
Our top priority is the safety of our children, families and staff.
We understand that many schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire have been advised to close and have chosen to do so. However, we know that we are providing an essential service to many of you who are Key Workers and still need to work.
Some of our staff have their own children whose schools are closing for the day – therefore we may experience some staff shortages which could disrupt our service. We will do our best to minimise any disruption. It is a parent choice regarding attendance for tomorrow, obviously the safest choice is to stay at home if you can. If you do know that your child will not be attending please let us know as soon as possible as this will help us to understand our staffing requirements. If you are able to we would encourage you to drop off later and perhaps choose a different collection time; avoiding peak times – this will help to keep you safe from waiting around outside.
If your child is attending the setting tomorrow we ask that you take care when dropping off your children; thinking about car doors and flying debris. Please be aware that at our Downend setting we have had to remove the barriers – therefore you must still queue as close to the building as possible. When queuing for drop off and collection we will get your children in/out as quickly as possible – if the wind is particularly bad – wait for it to reduce before getting out of your vehicle.
Take your time when travelling to the setting. Think about your own safety; especially if you are walking to the setting with a child in a buggy. A significant risk is the travel required, both for children as well as staff and the associated risks that unnecessary travel will bring.
We have done a full risk assessment to ensure the environment is as safe as possible including all external areas. The children will NOT be taking part in ANY outdoor activities tomorrow whilst the wind speeds are at a high level.
If any of services (e.g. electricity) are cut then we will be informing you – this may result in us having to reduce our service/close the setting.
The Red Bus Team