Emergency contacts during Christmas 2020

The Education Capital and Planning team have put together and shared a bulletin aimed at all maintained primary and secondary schools. The bulletin covers emergency contacts during the Christmas period. 

The Christmas period is traditionally a period when building contractors are closed and council staff are on leave. It is, therefore, possible that the Schools Asset Manager (who will be on annual leave) may not be immediately available to answer your call.

We would, therefore, recommend that you email the Schools Asset Manager, summarising the issue and your (and any relevant staff) contact details and copy in the following Council Officer:  Rob Miller Head of Schools Delivery;

Finally, a reminder that if you think there is a risk of school closure, you should follow the Emergency School Closure Guidance for schools - Autumn 2020 issued by Donna Miller on the reminding you that: Schools are required to follow a verification process before providing school closure information. In considering the closure of a school you are asked to:


  • Undertake a risk assessment, using common sense to determine whether it is feasible and safe for children and staff to remain in the school; and if not, what subsequent risks could arise by sending them home. Before school hours start, schools are also asked to assess if the roads are safe for children to travel to school.
  • Seek approval from the Governing Body / Board of Trustees (usually the decision of the Chair will suffice) to authorise the decision to close.
  • Notify Waltham Forest Council via text message to the emergency telephone number during term time only 07760 165076
  • The information provided must confirm the name of the school, the volume of closure i.e. partial, full or set years/areas of the school and the emergency contact name for the day of closure.

Download the full Bulletin here