Bushfire Emergency Information
In the Event of a Bushfire
The latest information about school closures and bus route cancellations is available at: Department of Education Emergency Closures Webpage
Gisborne SC is on the Bushfire At Risk Register which means that when a Code Red Day has been declared in our region, the school will not operate, staff will NOT be in attendance and school buses will not run for Gisborne SC and the primary schools served by these buses.
The College strongly advises you not to leave children at home by themselves on days of high fire danger.
Communication with Parents and Carers
In all the scenarios described below, we will endeavour to provide up to date information using SMS. We will always liaise with Emergency Services, and strongly suggest you have the Vic Emergency app on your devices and set alerts for your area.
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. 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.
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.
If it is not safe to allow buses to leave the College, we will supervise students here at the College.
For students living in the local area who walk or are driven to school, we will supervise the students here at the College.
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.
If students can be collected from the College, we will SMS families if we have communications available.
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.
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.
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.
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