Schools will always do everything they can to avoid closing at short notice. Head teachers and Governors appreciate the difficulty and inconvenience caused to families when schools close unexpectedly.
In some circumstances such as a heating failure, staffing issues or poor winter weather, teachers may not be able to get to school and have no option but to close. Decisions are often made very early in the morning giving you little time to make other arrangements.
Some schools have their own texting service and will let parents know individually if the school is closed. If you are unsure whether your school provides this service, please contact them directly.
Some schools will inform BBC Radio Derby of closure who will broadcast regular updates and put a list of schools that are closed on their website. In 2015, this page can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/derby - please note, the school closure lists on this page may not display correctly on mobile devices.
You can listen to BBC Radio Derby on 104.5, 95.3 and 96 FM or 1116 AM.
Other local radio stations may also broadcast updates on school closures such as Capital FM.
Please be aware that schools often take calls to their switchboard early in the morning especially in the winter. You may find it difficult to get through so please be patient. They will answer your call as soon as they are able.