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Papdale Halls of Residence Ferry Disruption Procedures

Procedures to be followed in the event of disruption to Orkney Ferries (OF) sailings impacting on pupils residing at the Papdale Halls of Residence (PHOR).

There are three scenarios covered within this procedure:

Early sailing of North Isles Ferries on a Sunday

If a decision is taken by the Ship’s Master to sail earlier than scheduled from the North Isles on a Sunday afternoon, the following procedure should be followed:

Note: If Marine Superintendent cannot get an answer from the PHOR out of hours mobile he will call Frances Troup on the number provided (with voicemail messages left as appropriate). It will always be the intention that PHOR will be able to open to accommodate the change to timetable. Where the early opening of PHOR is not possible, the pupils should still come in early and go to the KGS as above.

Ferry embarks from Kirkwall on a Friday afternoon and cannot dock returning to Kirkwall with pupils on board

If the ferry has left Kirkwall and cannot dock at the pier the following procedure should be followed:

Cancellation of sailings from Kirkwall on a Friday afternoon

Staff at OF are excellent at informing staff in Education, Leisure and Housing of any expected disruption to services on a Friday at the earliest opportunity. However if the cancellation was not expected and the result of an ‘on the spot’ decision with little to no prior notice PHOR would remain open on the Friday night for the pupils. Parents would be informed by the pupils / PHOR staff of this change at the earliest opportunity.

If the weather forecast is predicting the gales to continue throughout the weekend

It should be noted that the PHOR will not open on the Saturday night:

Where there has been early warning of likely extended period of disruption to services throughout the weekend then the following procedure should be followed:

Please note that PHOR’s service is generally designed to be available between Sunday teatime and Friday teatime, while every attempt will be made to provide assistance outwith these hours, sufficient staffing may not always be available and in such situations appropriate alternative arrangements will be made.

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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