ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE UPCOMING BUSHFIRE SEASON
Our school is in a bushfire prone area and is listed as Category 2 on the NSW Department of Education’s bushfire risk register.
To ensure the health, safety and welfare of students and staff, the department has determined that on days when NSW Rural Fire Service declares a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating the Blue Mountains, our school will temporarily cease operations for the following day.
In addition, schools may be made non-operational due to changing higher risk conditions and advice from emergency services and the State Emergency Operations Centre.
We recommend that you download the NSW Education Parent App and select to monitor advice from our school which will push notifications to you advising that the school is non-operational. We also recommend that you stay up to date with bushfire and grassfire activity by using the Hazards Near Me app (set a watch zone for your school area), and by monitoring local media. You can also review fire activity and alert levels on the RFS website.
The Fire Danger Rating does not mean there will be a bushfire, but rather weather conditions that could pose a high risk for a bushfire event. The measure is proactive to ensure staff, students and the community remain safe.
Our school will inform our school community after 4pm if there is a change to the operational status of the school for the following day. To assist the school in contacting all families please ensure that you have provided us with up-to-date contact details.
- Sentral for Parents app and Facebook page
- NSW Department of Education’s School Safety website: education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety
- NSW School Updates app: education.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/nsw-school-updates-app
We recommend that all of our families follow the advice of the NSW Rural Fire Service and ensure that your family knows what to do if there is a fire. It can take as little as five minutes to make your plan. Discuss it with your family so you know what you will do in the event of a fire. www.myfireplan.com.au
Please contact the school on 4759 1196 if you would like any further information about this matter.
Mrs Hayley Cross