Sign up for alert ahead of big freeze

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Parents are being encouraged to sign up for automatic school closure alerts ahead of anticipated cold weather and icy conditions.

With experts predicting a return of frosty mornings, East Sussex County Council has already started stock-piling grit ready to scatter on the county’s roads.

And it has also relaunched its school closure alert system to let people know almost immediately if their child’s school has been closed for any reason.

Within minutes of a decision being made, the alert send details to local radio stations and news websites and pops off an email to any parent who has signed to the scheme – with more than 7,500 people already on the mailing list.

A spokesman for the council said, “Headteachers do all they can to keep schools open but sometimes the conditions are so bad they have no choice but to close. When that happens schools have their own mechanisms for contacting parents, but the system we have introduced makes it easy for them to get the message out quickly to those who need to know.”

For more information including how to sign up for closure alerts, visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/weather.