Emergency Management Plan

Schools must have a current emergency management plan (plan) that contains the four components of preparedness, prevention, response and recovery.

Schools must:

  • ensure that staff, students and the school community know what the plan contains
  • ensure that staff, students and the school community are trained so that they know what they are required to do during an emergency
  • test emergency arrangements at regular intervals to ensure that procedures work and everyone learns emergency protocols

The emergency management plan must:

  • describe actions to take before, during and after an emergency to ensure the ongoing safety of staff, students and others
  • cover all circumstances when the school is responsible for student safety, such as school excursions to ensure staff and student safety and that students are supervised at all times
  • be reviewed annually and/or following an emergency or crisis
  • be developed in consultation with relevant emergency services and the Security Services Unit.

Warrandyte Primary School is listed on the Bushfire At-Risk register.

The school will be closed on a Code Red day.


What happens on a Code Red Day?

Schools, kindergartens and licensed child care centres that have been identified as being at high fire risk and on the Department’s Bushfire At-Risk Register will close on days declared Code Red.

Schools and services not on the Department’s Bushfire At-Risk Register will remain open, unless directly threatened by fire or another emergency.

Where possible, up to 3-days notice of a planned closure will be provided; parents and carers should, however, expect that in some instances fewer than 3-days notice may be provided.

Once the final decision to close is confirmed at 12 noon the day prior, this decision will not change – regardless of any changes in the weather forecast. This will help limit confusion and help your family plan for how your children will be cared for when their school, kindergarten or child care centre is closed.

Advice will be provided to you directly by your school, kindergarten or child care centre.

When a school or children’s service is closed for bushfire, no staff will remain on site and all out-of-school care programs (including vacation, before and after school programs) will not operate.

What happens if a school or service is only potentially closed?

If your school or facility is listed as potentially closed on the School and Service Closure List, you should start planning for alternative care arrangements for your child in the event that the planned closure proceeds. The final decision to close a school or children’s service will be confirmed no later than midday the day before the planned closure. This decision will not change, irrespective of an improvement in the weather forecast. No child should be left at home alone or in the care of siblings on high-fire danger days.

Reference: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/coderedabout.aspx