• 2 Watts Street Wandering
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Friday, 06 February 2015 15:21 Written by
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Bushfire Zone

Bushfire Zone Register

This has been at the forefront of our minds this week. The following is the school policy formulated in previous years.

The Department of Education (the Department) is concerned to maximise the safety of its students and staff. Wandering Primary School has been added to the Bushfire Zone Register. Inclusion on this register means that the school may be required to invoke pre-emptive closure on a day for which a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating (FDR) has been declared for the Wandering Shire A Catastrophic FDR means that if a fire starts, it is likely to be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving.

What does this mean for our school?
When given advance warning by DFES that a Catastrophic FDR has been forecast for a given day, the Deputy Director General, Schools may direct the pre-emptive closure of Wandering Primary School. If the school receives such a direction, you will be informed of the possible planned closure by a letter sent home with your child. Parents of students absent on the day this letter is sent home will be contacted by telephone, so please ensure the school has up to date contact details for you.

In the intervening period between the declaration of the pre-emptive closure and the day of planned closure, DFES will monitor weather patterns to keep the Department informed of any change to the forecast for the declared day. The final decision to pre-emptively close the school will be confirmed by the Department with the principal no later than 1.30 pm on the day before the declared day. If the forecast changes after that deadline, the closure will stand, regardless of improvements to the weather conditions later in the afternoon of the day before the declared day or overnight. The intention is to limit confusion or uncertainty for parents and to allow you ample time to make alternative child care arrangements.
Parents will be advised of the confirmation of closure, or its reversal, by a note sent home with your child on the day before the planned closure. Again, parents of students absent on this day will be contacted by telephone.

How will I know when the school is reopening?

It is anticipated that the school will only be required to close for a single day at a time, but this will depend on the weather. You will receive a phone call to advise you whether the school will reopen the day after the planned closure, or whether it will remain closed. A notice to advise you of the current status of the school closure and when it is expected to reopen will be place on the office door or the Wandering Shire Office.

I ask that you monitor local media for current information about fire danger ratings and notification of schools reopening. Staying tuned to ABC Local Radio in your locality is advisable. You can also check with DFES on 1300 657 209 or www.dfes.wa.gov.au.

Alternatively you can call me on 0428 989 479 or Wheatbelt Education Regional Office on 9622 3996 or Local Educational Office Narrogin on 9881 0000. If any of the options listed above for finding out when to send your child back to school will prove problematic, please contact the school to arrange for us to phone you to advise you when the school will reopen.

Please contact the school on 9884 1014 if you have any questions about planned closures during the bushfire season.