Bradford College Snow Policy
It is the College’s duty to be open and to provide education if we can. However the safety of staff and students is paramount and the College appreciates that in some circumstances it will be difficult for some people to get to College in bad weather for a range of reasons, but it is still expected that a genuine attempt to attend College is made.
The College will remain open as much as possible. Therefore unless you are told the day before, either that the College will be closed, or that a decision will be taken early the following morning, then the College will be open. If a decision is being taken early the following morning, the information will be posted on the website, Facebook and Twitter sites. BBC Radio Leeds and Pulse Radio will be informed only if the College is to close.
Where to find updates & information
Use of social media (Facebook and Twitter)
The College's official Facebook and Twitter social media accounts will be monitored by the college throughout the day. Further announcements will be posted and social media accounts will be monitored and updated during office hours (replies/comments after 6pm will not be answered until the following morning).
Please observe the College’s acceptable behaviour policy and remember that bad language and offensive posts will NOT be tolerated on our sites. Bad language/offensive posts will be removed. We may make a note of your details and you may be blocked from using the site in the future.
The Snow Closure Process
A small team of Senior Managers (including: Facilities/Estates, Health and Safety, Publicity) meet to provide their input into the decision. The official decision is ultimately taken by our Principal, Vice-Principals and Senior Management Team.
The meeting takes place as early as possible if we are considering a closure, early closure, evening class closure or day closure the following day. If there is any doubt about opening the following day, we meet by phone conference to decide if it is advisable to open as usual later that morning. However, the managers concerned can only act upon the information they have at the time. This often involves going out onto the roads where they are and seeing for themselves what the conditions are like.
In addition to this other sources of information are taken into account
1. Conditions at College
A report is given by the night security patrol as to the conditions on the roads and grounds of the College buildings.
2. Bus services in the local area
We check the services early in the morning to ensure that our staff and students can make the journey to College safely and again during the day to ensure that the homeward journeys will be possible.
3. Transport News for the Local area
We consider what the road conditions are currently like and how this will be likely to progress throughout the day and how the conditions will affect people getting to College and home again?
4. School Closures in the area
We review how many of the schools in the area are closed (including Infant, Primary and Secondary Schools). We also consider child care issues for our staff and students who are parents.
5. Weather Forecast
Both the local area forecast from the BBC and the weather warnings from the Met Office are monitored using the 24 hour detailed forecast and the 5 day forecasts. The Met Office uses a system of: “Clear”, “Be aware”, “Be Prepared” and “Take Action”; The College has never experienced an alert higher than the “Be Prepared” level.
6. Safety of College Grounds
Our Facilities Team proactively grit and salt College car parks, paths and the roads that we own. This is done by the Facilities Team in advance of predicted heavy frost or snow using the Met Office predictions to guide them as to when and how much salt is applied – like all the local authorities we have increased our salt stock this winter.
7. Safety of College Students/Staff
The safety of staff and students is paramount, however it is the College’s duty to be open and to provide education if we can. When making our decision we always consider reduced opening hours over a total closure and we take into account early morning journeys into College and journeys back home later in the day. We monitor the weather, travel and roads throughout the day and make appropriate decisions based on the information we receive.
If there are adverse weather conditions and you are going to set out to College:
- Wear sensible footwear (boots/shoes/wellies)
- Wear plenty of layers and a warm waterproof coat
- Wear a hat, gloves and scarf