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Bushfire Emergency Information

In the Event of a Bushfire

Gisborne SC is on the Bushfire At Risk Register which means that when a Code Red Day has been declared the school will not operate, staff will NOT be in attendance and school buses will not run for Gisborne SC and the primary school’s that Gisborne SC co-ordinate. (The College strongly encourages you not to leave children at home by themselves on days of high fire danger.)

Buses – In the Morning

If there is fire near your home or along the school bus route, the school bus route will most likely be cancelled.  Don’t send students to the bus stop to wait for a bus.

If there is time, we will publish this information on our website and it will also be on the Department of Education website (http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/emergencies.aspx ) and we will SMS families if we have communications available.  It is preferred that you stay together as a family.

If a bus is en-route and is caught by a rapid onset of a fire, buses will turn around and take the students to the closest safe area.  We will be in contact with the drivers, bus companies and emergency services and will endeavour to contact you to advise where they are.

Buses – In the Afternoon

If there is a fire near your home or along the school bus route, it will most likely be cancelled or modified.  We will take directions from the Emergency Services on whether buses will leave the College.  If buses cannot leave, we will supervise the students here at the College. We will publish this information on the College website, the Department of Education website and we will SMS families if we have communications available.

If a bus is en-route and is caught by a rapid onset of a fire, buses will turn around and bring the students back to the school, where they will be supervised.  If the bus cannot get back to the school, it will take the students to the safest area near where they are.  We will be in contact with the drivers, bus companies and emergency services and will endeavour to contact you to advise where they are.

At School During the Day
  • If there is advance warning of a bushfire approaching the college or surrounding areas, we will endeavour to have buses brought to the school and will send bus students home to areas that the Emergency Services advise us are safe to do so. We will publish this information on the College website, the Department of Education website and we will SMS families if we have communications available.
  • If it is not safe to allow buses to leave the College, we will supervise students here at the College and will publish this information on the College website, the Department of Education website and we will SMS families if we have communications available.
  • For students living in the local area who walk or are driven to school, we will supervise the students here at the College and will publish this information on the College website, the Department of Education website and we will SMS families if we have communications available.
  • If we cannot send students home on the buses, we will keep them at school in our designated containment buildings that have fire proof mesh on the windows and doors.
  • We will not release students to parents of friends etc, unless we have a signed note giving us permission to do so.
  • We will not allow students to be picked up at the school gate; you will need to come into the school to collect them.
  • We strongly suggest you have the FireReady App. and set alerts for your area.
  • If we have a rapid onset of a bush fire, all staff and students will shelter in place in our containment area. We will publish this information on the College website, the Department of Education website and we will SMS families if we have communications available.
  • In a rapid onset of bushfire around the school, it is recommended for your own and the students safety, that you do NOT come to the school to collect your children.
In the Event of Other Emergencies
  • In a Lockdown situation, students will be kept where they are for the duration of the emergency.  If possible we will publish this information on the College website, the Department of Education website and we will SMS families if we have communications available.
  • In an Evacuation, we will either stay on site or take the students off site to Daly Reserve or Willowbank Road or where Emergency Services direct us to go.  If possible we will publish this information on the College website, theDepartment of Education website and we will SMS families if we have communications available.
  • If students need to be collected from the College or from an off-site area we will publish this information on theCollege website, the Department of Education website and we will SMS families if we have communications available. Students will need to be signed out and we will not release students to parents of friends unless we have a signed note giving us permission to.
Excursions

If students are out on excursion, we will advise them not to return to the school during an emergency. We will publish this information on the College website, the Department of Education website and we will SMS families if we have communications available

Important Links

DEECD Emergencies Page

Country Fire Authority

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Victorian Bushfire Information Line (24 hours) 1800 240 667

For news and information on days of high fire risk, tune-in to ABC Radio:

ABC Melbourne: 774 AM

ABC Bendigo: 91.1 FM

 

For the school to communicate with families assumes that electricity, phone systems and the internet are functioning normally.

Contact us

  • Student Absences

    Before 9.00am, Telephone: (03) 5428 0899

Principal: Andrew Robertson

If you wish to provide feedback on any aspect of the school’s operation (either positive or negative) and want to contact the school directly, please send an email to: gisborne.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au

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