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Weather Policy

Please review these procedures carefully. Parents are responsible for checking each morning to see if there are any weather warnings in force. These are shown on TV, radio and on the Internet at www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm.  If the government announces the closure of schools, then that announcement takes precedence over the information outlined below.

TROPICAL CYCLONES AND RAINSTORMS

The school's policy with respect to typhoons and persistent heavy rainstorms is to follow exactly the instructions given by the Hong Kong Observatory and the Education Bureau. When tropical cyclones affect Hong Kong, the following arrangements apply and appropriate public announcements will be made. The Government's directions during tropical cyclone alerts are as follows:
  • When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 is issued 
    • All schools, including kindergartens, are to operate as usual unless advised otherwise.
  • When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 is issued*
    • Classes of kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability are to be suspended.  
    • Other schools are to operate as usual unless advised otherwise.  
  • When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Pre-No. 8 / No. 8 or above is issued*
    • Classes of all schools are to be suspended.
  • When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is replaced by Signal No. 3
    • Classes of all kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability are to remain suspended.  
    • Unless previous announcement has been made to the effect that classes will be suspended for the entire day, other schools are to resume if Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 3 has been issued before 5:30 a.m. (for AM and whole-day schools) / 10:30 a.m. (for PM schools).  
  • When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 is replaced by Signal No. 1 or when all tropical cyclone signals are cancelled
    • All schools are to resume with the next session unless previous announcement has been made to the effect that classes will be suspended for the entire day.

* If students have already set out for school when Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 is issued, kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability should activate the contingency plan to ensure that school premises will be open and arrange staff to look after the students who have arrived at school, until proper arrangements are made for such students to return home at an appropriate time under safe conditions. The same applies to all schools if the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Pre-No. 8 / No. 8 is issued when students have already set out for school.  

HEAVY PERSISTENT RAINSTORMS

Carmel School will abide by the Education Department’s official rain warning system should any of the eventualities described make it necessary to do so.

AMBER

  • All schools, including kindergartens, are to operate as usual unless advised otherwise. 

RED or BLACK (Issued from 5:30am onwards and before 6:00am)

  • Classes of AM and whole-day schools are to be suspended all day.  
  • Students who have not left for school should stay home.  
  • Schools should implement contingency measures and arrange staff to look after the students who might arrive and ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.  

RED or BLACK (Issued from 6:00am onwards and before 8:00am)

  • Students who have not left for school should stay home.  
  • Schools are required to keep their premises open and implement contingency measures to look after students who have arrived at school.  
  • If students learn about the class suspension announcement on their way to school, they should decide whether to proceed with their journey to school taking into consideration the rain, road, slope or traffic conditions.  
  • Students who have already arrived at school should remain in school until it is safe for them to return home.  
  • Parents do not need to pick up their children from school immediately.  

RED or BLACK (Issued from 8:00am onwards and before 10:30am)

  • AM and whole-day schools should continue the lessons until the end of normal school hours and ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home. 

RED or BLACK (Issued from 10:30am onwards and before 11:00am)

  • Classes of PM schools are to be suspended.  
  • Students of PM schools who have not left for school should stay home.  
  • AM and whole-day schools should continue the lessons until the end of normal school hours and ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home. 

RED or BLACK (Issued from 11:00am onwards and before 1:00pm) 

  • Students of PM schools who have not left for school should stay home.  
  • PM schools are required to keep their premises open until the end of normal school hours and arrange staff to look after the students who have arrived at school. They ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home. 
  • If students learn about the class suspension announcement on their way to school, they should decide whether to proceed with their journey to school taking into consideration the rain, road, slope or traffic conditions.  
  • Students who have already arrived at school should remain in school until it is safe for them to return home. 
  • Parents do not need to pick up their children from school immediately.  
  • AM and whole-day schools should continue the lessons until the end of normal school hours and ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home. 

RED or BLACK (Issued from 1:00 pm onwards)

  • All schools should continue the lessons until the end of normal school hours and ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.