Cyclone Procedures

It is important to remind ourselves of the school’s procedures in the event of a cyclone effecting us

Watch/Warning

Children to attend school as normal. 

Blue Alert 

The school will usually remain open. 

Yellow Alert 

If a Yellow Alert is likely to be declared at some time during the school day, the school will not open. Children will remain at home. If the school is to close, this information will be broadcast between 6:30pm and 6:45pm, and between 6:30am and 6:45am on: 

  • Redwave Radio (frequency 747) 
  • ABC Radio (frequency 1188) 

The closure advice will be repeated each morning until the decision to re-open the school is made. 

School buses may be affected at this stage. Any change to the bus operation will be given on the radio at the above times. PLEASE DO NOT RING THE SCHOOL. All information and updated reports relating to warnings and school closures ARE ISSUED ON THE RADIO. An SMS text message will be sent to all families if connectivity is available. Please keep yourself informed. 

  • Yellow alert prior to lunch – students can be picked up immediately from their classroom. The school will close at lunch time. Students will not be sent home until instructions are received from parents. 
  • Yellow alert after lunch – students can be picked up immediately from their classroom. The school will close at the usual time. Students will not be sent home until instructions are received from parents. 

The above does not preclude immediate closure in extenuating circumstances and if deemed necessary by the Cyclone Committee. 

Red Alert 

School will remain shut during a Red Alert. In the event that a “Red Alert” is proclaimed after 2pm, schools will remain closed the following day. In the event that a Red Alert is proclaimed after 2pm but subsequently cancelled, the District Director in consultation with the Cyclone committee has the discretion to ensure that schools open the following day. 

After the Cyclone 

If all clear is called after 2.00pm schools will generally be shut the following day to allow for assessment and repair of serious damage. Please continue to listen to the radio to receive information as to when schools will open. An SMS text message will be sent to all families to notify of the school opening times once the all clear has been received. 

Please keep yourself informed via the radio, until all threat from the cyclone is past. 

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