Whilst the College sits just outside of the Department of Education Bushfire Zone (Register) it is committed to maximising the safety of its students and staff. The WA College of Agriculture-Denmark has a comprehensive Fire Action Plan advising of what action may be taken in case of a fire emergency.
What does this mean for you and our school? Read on…
Whilst the WA College of Agriculture-Denmark sits outside of the Department of Education Bushfire Zone Register we are committed to maximising the safety of our students and staff.
What does this mean for the College?
When we are made aware of a fire danger or issued a warning by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) that a fire emergency has been declared, the Principal of the College will advise Parents/Carers of any pre-emptive action that is to be taken, which may include closure of the College until the fire risk has passed.
Depending on the level of risk Parents/Carers will be advised by:
· Our SMS messaging service
· By letter sent home with your child
· Contact by telephone where other means to contact you may fail. (So please ensure the school has up to date contact details for you.)
· A notice on the College Facebook page
· A notice on the College Website
If we have to close the College
Any decision to pre-emptively close the College will be made by the Principal no later than 4.30pm on the day before the planned closure. 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 planned closure or overnight. This will limit confusion or uncertainty for parents and to allow you ample time to make alternative child care arrangements. Parents will be advised of any confirmation of closure, or its reversal, by the above communication methods.
If the College is closed—How will I know when it is reopening?
You will receive an SMS to advise you whether the school will reopen the day after the planned closure, or whether it will remain closed. The College website and Facebook page will also contain a notice to advise you of the current status of the school closure and when it is expected to reopen.
In case of fire emergency in the area, we ask parents/carers to monitor local media for current information about fire danger ratings. Staying tuned to ABC Local Radio in your locality is advisable. You can also check with DFES on 13 DFES (13 33 37) or www.dfes.wa.gov.au
Alternatively you can call me on 0428 480 204 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 on 9848 0200 if you have any questions about planned closures during the bushfire season.