Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather Procedures
Inclement weather in Hong Kong occasionally results in school closures or delayed openings. If inclement weather requires HKA to close entirely or to delay opening, parents will be notified via SMS. The school uses parents' mobile numbers of record. Parents are responsible for making sure that they have provided the school with the correct mobile number. Each individual parent should inform the school of his/her mobile number.
 
In addition to SMS notifications, relevant information will be posted on the school's website.
 
Parents are also encouraged to visit the Hong Kong Observatory website for weather information and the Hong Kong Education Bureau website for details regarding school closures.
 
Note: When consulting the Education Bureau's website, please be aware that the term “kindergarten" on the Education Bureau's website applies to PK1 and PK2 ONLY at Hong Kong Academy.
 
Hong Kong Education Bureau Announcements
In some situations, the Education Bureau (EdB) can make additional specific decisions with regard to school opening times and closures for the safety of students. HKA adhere to the announcements made by the EdB.
 
School Bus Procedure During Weather Warnings
Please note that the school bus provider will decide wether or not the bus service will run based solely on information published by the Hong Kong Education Bureau. HKA do not have any influence on this decision. During a weather warning, school bus updates will be messaged to the relevant parents via the channels mentioned above.
 
Notification App:
Government Notifications (GovHK): Users can customise the HK Government alerts they receive such as Education Department Bureau, HK Observatory and HK Air Pollution alerts.
 
Websites:
HK Education Bureau: http://www.edb.gov.hk/en/index.html
HK Observatory: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm
 
In the event of...
 
Signal 8/Black Rain (All School)
- If a T8/Black Rain signal is raised before school, HKA will make every effort to notify parents by 6am about a school closure for the entire school.
- If the signal is raised during the school day and the school is required to close, students will remain on campus until it is safe to dismiss them. Parents will be alerted by SMS about next steps.
- When there is a very strong likelihood that a T8 is imminent, the school may decide to close early. In that event, every effort will be made to send students home via their regular mode of transportation or will remain on campus until parents can make other arrangements.
- In the event of a Signal 8/Black Rain on the weekend, activities may be cancelled.
 
Signal 3/Red Rain (PK1 and PK2 only)
- If the signal is raised before school, HKA will make every effort to notify PK1 and PK2 parents by 6am about a school closure.
- If a T3/Red Rain Signal is lowered by 8am, PK1 and PK2 are welcome to come to school via their own transportation.
- If the signal is raised during the school day, parents will be alerted by SMS about next steps.
- The Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal unless otherwise stated.
- In the event of a weekend T3, PK1 and PK2 activities may be cancelled.
 
Signal 1/Amber Rain
HKA will operate as normal.
 
Definitions of Heavy Persistent Rain & Thunderstorms from the Hong Kong Government:
 
Amber Alert 
Indicates that 50mm of rain or more is expected over Hong Kong during the next 6 hours or so.
 
Red Alert 
Indicates that 50mm of rainfall has been recorded generally over Hong Kong during any 1 hour period or less. Further heavy rain could cause widespread road flooding and traffic congestion.
 
Black Alert 
Indicates that more than 100mm of rain has fallen in the past two hours or less. Because of widespread road flooding and serious traffic congestion, residents will be advised to stay at home or take shelter in a safe place until the rainstorm has passed and road conditions have improved.