Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire school disruption now logged online

Parents in Herefordshire will now be alerted to school closures and transport disruption via a new automated system.

Herefordshire Council has launched the system whereby schools add information to the council's website.

It is being introduced as the weather becomes colder and after last year's snow caused a number of schools to close, the council said.

Schools have been testing the system over the past two weeks, it added.

'Will save money'

Parents are also being urged to sign up for emails where they will receive automatic alerts when a change is made to the status of either their chosen school or school category - primary, secondary or special.

Information can be accessed via a Twitter feed @HfdsSchools.

Rob Reid, from the council, said: "The new system will make it much easier for schools to notify the local authority and their school community in the event of unexpected school closures or disruptions to school transport.

"Over the last two weeks, schools have been testing out the new system to make sure that any teething problems are ironed out before it goes live.

"As well as putting schools in charge of the messages they wish to issue, it provides parents and pupils with instant access to information, is a far more efficient way of working and will save time and money in the long term."

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