Schools close and switch to online learning in Wrexham tomorrow due to Storm Eunice > News

Job : Thu 17 February 2022

Schools in Wrexham will switch to online learning tomorrow as a precaution against Storm Eunice.

The storm is expected to hit much of the UK – including Wales – tomorrow morning, with strong winds forecast.

The decision to move to online learning was taken on the advice of the North Wales Strategic Command Group, which includes councils, emergency services and other organizations across the region.

Schools are busy informing parents.

Councilor Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham Council, said: ‘As always, public safety is our top priority during any adverse weather event, and we don’t want children and parents to be put at risk by the winds violence and flying debris while trying to get to and from school.

“As a result, and on the advice of the Strategic Command Group, we are moving to online learning tomorrow so that children can continue to learn from the safety of their homes.

“It’s the right thing to do. I fully support the approach taken. When it comes to severe weather forecasts like Storm Eunice, we need to be careful and do everything we can to help keep people safe. . »

Councilor Phil Wynn, Principal Member for Education, said: ‘I would ask parents to be supportive and I hope everyone understands the reasons for this approach.

“Schools are familiar with online learning, so children will be able to continue their studies without having to risk traveling in bad weather.

“There is always the possibility of power outages impacting home learning, but hopefully that won’t happen.

“I would like to say a big thank you to our schools for responding so quickly and professionally to the situation, and while we are planning for the worst, hope for the best and keeping our fingers crossed that Wrexham can weather the worst of the storm.”

Wrexham Council have issued a reminder on how to report concerns:

Whilst we hope Wrexham avoids the worst of the weather, you can report any issues (e.g. storm damage, fallen trees etc) to the council on the following numbers:

  • Office hours (8.30am-5pm) 01978 298989
  • Outside opening hours 01978 292055
  • Housing repairs for council tenants (24hrs) 01978 298993
  • Any power outage issues can be reported by calling 105 (Powercut 105 is a free service that will put you in touch with your local network operator for help and support).

Remember that if there is an immediate threat to life during an adverse weather event, you should always call 999.

Original information below…

All schools in Wrexham are due to close tomorrow due to Storm Eunice.

An orange weather warning is in place tomorrow across Wales and large parts of England, with gusts of over 60mph expected locally.

The Met Office said this morning the alert would be active from 5am to 9pm on Friday.

The Strategic Regional Command Group has recommended that all education establishments in North Wales close tomorrow, which we are told Wrexham is communicating to schools this afternoon, and all advisers have been advised earlier during the day.

A statement from the board is expected soon.

More soon.

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