Fire danger ratings and warnings are used in Victoria to provide clear direction on the safest options for preserving life.
Schools and children’s services listed on the DET Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) will be closed when a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined in their Bureau of Meteorology district. Our school has been identified as being one of those at high bushfire risk and is listed on the BARR.
Where possible, we will provide parents with up to four days notice of a potential Code Red day closure by letter our website: http://www.birminghamps.vic.edu.au, and an Alert via Schoolbag App. A Code Red day will be determined by the Emergency Management Commissioner no later than 1.00 pm the day before the potential closure. Once we are advised of the confirmation of the Code Red day we will provide you with advice before the end of the school day.
Once confirmed, the decision to close will not change, regardless of improvements in the weather forecast. This is to avoid confusion and help your family plan alternative care arrangements for your child. It is also important to note that:
- No staff will be on site on days where the school is closed due to a forecast Code Red day.
- Out-of-school-hours care will also be cancelled on these days
- School camps will be cancelled if a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined for the Bureau of Meteorology district in which the camp is located.
- All bus routes will be cancelled.
- Depending on which Bureau of Meteorology district is impacted bus route cancellations may affect our school.
On these Code Red days families are encouraged to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan – on such days children should never be left at home or in the care of older children.
For those of us living in a bushfire prone area, the CFA advise that when Code Red days are forecast, the safest option is to leave the night before or early on the morning of the Code Red day.
As part of preparing our school for potential hazards such as fire, we have updated and completed our Emergency Management Plan,
What can parents do?
- Make sure your family’s bushfire survival plan is up-to-date and includes alternative care arrangements in the event that our school is closed.
- Ensure we have your current contact details, including your mobile phone numbers. Keep in touch with us by reading our newsletters, check any alerts on our Schoolbag App and by talking to your child’s teacher or any other member of the teaching staff about our Emergency Management Plan.
- Most importantly at this time of year, if you’re planning a holiday or short stay in the bush or in a coastal area, you should check warnings in advance of travel and remain vigilant during your stay.
- If your child is old enough, talk to them about bushfires and your family’s bushfire survival plan.
- You can access more information about children’s services closures on the Department of Education and Training website – see http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/closures.aspx
For up-to-date information on this year’s fire season see:
From Miss Nash & Mrs Sievers: We are good. Going back to school this morning to help. Kids will most likely stay home for more spoiling (lots of ice-cream and pancakes had yesterday apparently) but some may also come to help. Mia made sandwiches for people all day yesterday and Kai did some at home last night as well! Thanks so much for the generous donation. (School donated $500.00)
We went shopping for our donation and brought it back to school where everyone has removed the bar codes (to avoid reselling) then repacked and sent out all over Mexico city and surrounding areas! Many people are also making lunch packages with rolls drinks and sweets for the rescuers and workers! We also bought chips and drinks for the volunteers! Very proud moment for us! Colegio Princeton and all families are extremely appreciative of the love we are sending from Australia and the generous donation.
Thank you Birmingham students, staff and parents. Harold and I have had an awesome time at your school. Harold and I loved the very well behaved students who came and visited us. We had loads of fun together. Thank you to the staff for helping us feel so welcome, and to Mr Vander Werf for organising the visit. A big thanks to the parents who visited the van to see what Harold and I get up to in our Life Education sessions.
Now we can all work together to help our children make healthy and safe choices for a healthy happy life.
Thanks again Birmingham.
See you again in 2018 with some more fun programs to participate in.
Harold and Karen