Highland Council prepares for Storm Barbara
22nd December 2016
Highland Council is reminding pupils, parents and carers how to find out if their local school is closed or school transport is affected in anticipation of Storm Barbara hitting the north west of Scotland.
Information on school closures is uploaded to the Council's school closures website www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures from 7am each morning
School closure messages can be heard on the ‘school closures information line' by phoning 0800 564 2272 (with a school PIN number) to get the latest pre-recorded message from the head teacher of r child's school.
In case of power cuts make sure you have a copy of your school's PIN ready when you call by downloading the information now from www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures
Get alerts of schools closures on Highland Council's Twitter @HighlandCouncil and Facebook.
The Council is aware that bus companies across the authority are assessing their plans for school transport and Highland Scotbus has advised there will be no school transport on the Black Isle tomorrow. Stagecoach have also informed the Council that there will also be no school transport on Skye, and restrictions may impact elsewhere in the Council area.
Today (22 December) Gairloch High School is partially closed in the afternoon due to no water, heating and power and Stratherrick Primary was closed due to bad weather affecting some 138 pupils.
The Council’s Community Services are also prepared for the potential impacts of Storm Barbara and are ready in case of flooding, and road closures as a result of fallen trees and property damage.
Further information and advice is available on the Council’s website at: www.highland.gov.uk/readyforwinter on how to report flooding; Met Office forecasts; grit bin locations; Highland traffic and travel; Corran Ferry; Service Point closures; helping vulnerable neighbours and preparing for bad weather at home.
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