Code Red Day
School Procedure- Code Red days
Fire danger ratings and warnings are used in Victoria to provide clear direction on the safest options for preserving life.
Schools identified as being at highest bushfire risk have been included on the Bushfire-At Risk Register (BARR) and will be closed on days determined by fire authorities to be Code Red. Our school has been identified as a school at highest bushfire risk and is listed on the BARR.
Where possible, up to 3 days’ notice of a planned closure will be provided; notice of planned closure will be sent by email and SMS- parents and carers should, however, expect that in some instances fewer than 3 days’ notice may be provided.
Once the final decision to close is confirmed at 12 noon the day prior, this decision will not change – regardless of any changes in the weather forecast. This will help limit confusion and help families plan for how children will be cared for when the school is closed.
When the school is closed for bushfire, no staff will remain on site and no programs of any nature will operate.
On these Code Red days families are encouraged to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan – on such days, children should never be left at home unattended or in the care of older children.
The school may, at the Principal’s discretion, also decide to close the school, or end the school day early on days of Extreme fire danger.
For those of us living in a bushfire-prone area, the safest option when a Code Red day is declared may be to leave the night before, or early in the morning of the Code Red day.
What can parents do?
- Make sure your family’s Bushfire Survival Plan is up-to-date and includes alternative care arrangements for your children 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 e-News and by talking to your child’s teacher or any other member of the staff about our emergency plans.
- 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.
For up-to-date information on this year’s fire season and Bushfire Survival Planning, visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the 24-hour Victorian Bushfires Information Line on 1800 240 667.