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Schools to re-open but College of FE to remain closed tomorrow

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Thursday 02 November 2023

Schools in Guernsey and Alderney will be open as normal tomorrow, however the College of Further Education will remain closed.

With the exception of the College of FE, inspections carried out at all schools determined that they are all safe and suitable for re-opening tomorrow as planned. Parents and carers are being asked to review bus timetables for the morning as disruption is likely as a result of conditions on island roads. Parents and carers are advised to allow additional time to get their children to school. An update on bus services will be published later today at www.gov.gg/stormciaran - it may be early evening before this can happen based on developing picture regarding road conditions.

Both of the College of FE's sites - Coutanchez and Delancey - received significant water damage as a result of pre-existing issues with the buildings. After an assessment carried out today it has been determined that it is not possible to get either site into a condition whereby the delivery of education can resume. All of the College of FE will remain closed tomorrow, including the Performing Arts Centre, but it is expected that all will open on Monday.

Nick Hynes, Director of Education, said:

'We're pleased that our school sites came through the worst of the storm relatively unscathed and look forward to welcoming students back tomorrow. Disruption on the roads is likely, however, so I would urge parents and carers to plan ahead and keep an eye out of updates on bus services, leaving additional time for their children to get to school. Wherever possible, transport will be provided as usual for children attending Special Schools and support bases [i.e. CIAS], but there may be instances in which alternative arrangements may need to be made.

'With regards the College of FE, many teaching areas of both sites had standing water this morning and there just isn't time to address the damage before tomorrow. It's disappointing but unsurprising given the combination of such severe storm conditions and facilities which is well documented as already being challenging to operate from.'

 

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