For days of extreme fire risk
The Schools’ Bushfire Procedures information is sent home at the beginning of each year and this details the steps the school and parents should take under these circumstances. Attendance at school is recommended by CFS but is ultimately a parental decision. Children may be picked up at any time during the day by parents or adults authorised on the Bushfire Information form from the Front Office. Some strategies that may assist the school and emergency services in case of wildfire may be:
- Avoid traffic congestion on the roads.
- Be aware that emergency vehicles have right of way.
- Please do not ring the school unnecessarily. We need to keep the telephone line clear.
- If, at home time, fires are burning in the district, we will hold children at the school until collected by parents or authorised adults.
Catastrophic (Code Red) Day
Belair Primary School along with all others in the area have been rated as high risk by the CFS and in times of a declared Catastrophic Day (Code Red) in the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District the school will be closed. At times the advice from the CFS may arrive after children have left. In the event that Belair Primary School will be closed due to a Code Red day, we need to contact parents as soon as possible so that care arrangements can be made. Families are asked to provide an email address so that alerts can be forwarded to parents (this will be the same email address as for electronic newsletter delivery). Hard copies of alerts will also be sent home where practicable as soon as possible. Families are encouraged to watch the television weather forecasts at the end of the news or alternatively look on the Bureau of Meteorology or CFS websites for Catastrophic rating for the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District and listen to the ABC radio for updates. In regards to OSHC and Vac-Care the same action applies. If the advice is issued, then the facility is closed so please keep an eye on the public warnings for the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District as staff will not be on site. Our Bushfire Action Plan and Checklist is completed and submitted to the Department of Education and Child Development annually, and we conduct fire drills at our site on a regular basis. Our fire booster pumps and hydrants are also checked on an ongoing basis.