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KIS Inclement Weather Guidelines

The guidelines below are an indication for closure during adverse weather conditions. The school will always put safety first to safeguard student welfare under any circumstances.

Warning Status Before School During School After School /Off Campus Activities

AMBER RAIN
Heavy rain is expected
School open
Regular classes
School open
Regular classes
Teachers to monitor weather conditions.

RED RAIN
Heavy rain has started to fall, with 50mm of rain over the last hour
School closed
Classes cancelled Students stay at home
Staff to report for work
Classes remain in session Students stay at school until regular dismissal time or until safe to go home. Before activity – cancelled

During activity – students will return to school to be picked or return home immediately.

Click here to see AYP guidelines for Red Rain arrangements.

BLACK RAIN
Over 100mm of rain has been recorded over the last 2 hours
School closed.
Classes cancelled
Staff and students stay at home.
Classes remain in session. Students stay at school until regular dismissal time or until safe to go home. Before activity – cancelled

During activity – students will return to school to be picked up or return home immediately.

Click here to see AYP guidelines for Red Rain arrangements.

TYPHOON 1 SIGNAL
Tropical cyclone approx. 800 km off Hong Kong
School open.
Regular classes.
School open.
Regular classes
Teachers to monitor weather conditions and make plans with safety in mind.

Click here to see AYP guidelines for Red Rain arrangements.

TYPHOON 3 SIGNAL
Strong Wind Speed 41- 62km/h. Gusts may exceed 110 km/h
No school for Reception and all Springboard classes.

Regular classes for staff and students from Y1 to Year 13.
Classes remain in session. Before activity – cancelled

During activity – students will return to school to be picked up or home immediately.

Click here to see AYP guidelines for Red Rain arrangements.

TYPHOON 8 SIGNAL
Gale or storm force wind Speed 63-117 km/h, Gusts may exceed 180 km/h
School closed
Classes cancelled
Staff and students stay at home
Classes will be dismissed. All parents and caregivers will be required to pick their child from school. Students stay at school until they are collected or safe to go home.
Staff to leave after all children have left.
Cancelled

Click here to see AYP guidelines for Red Rain arrangements.

  1. Please pay attention to radio or television announcement made by the Education Bureau during typhoons/rainstorms or visit the webpage of the Hong Kong Observatory at the following URL for “Weather Information for Schools”:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/school/main.shtml

  2. If Education Bureau announces the closure of schools after the start of school day, the School will activate our weather contingency plan to ensure that the school will stay open and the staff will look after the pupils who are already in school or on their way to school. Safe and proper arrangement will be made for these pupils to return home at an appropriate time.

  3. Parents are advised to exercise their discretion in deciding whether or not to send their children to school at the time of inclement weather. Parents should keep their children at home if they consider that local weather, road, slope, traffic or transport conditions at that time are still not completely normal. In such circumstances, allowance will be given to the affected students for lateness or absence from school at their discretion on the day when inclement weather or flooding occurs.

  4. When Red Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted, normal pupil dismissal procedure will be applied. The School will ensure the road condition is safe before allowing pupils to go home.

  5. When Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is hoisted, pupils are not allowed to leave school for the sake of safety. They will be retained until the signal is cancelled or lowered. Parents should NOT rush to school to collect their children under dangerous conditions.