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The Department of Education and Training (DET) in association with Emergency Management Victoria have worked closely to develop new policy that will ensure Victorian schools are prepared for bushfires. As you would be aware, when a Code Red Fire Danger Rating (FDR) day has been determined, schools on the Bushfire At Risk Register (BARR) are required to pre-emptively close. Our school is in that situation.

Now, under a new policy developed by DET certain schools in exceptional circumstances may also pre-emptively close or relocate on days where an Extreme FDR day has been forecast.  A decision to close or relocate will only be made in extreme circumstances and through close consultation with the Department of Education and Training, and advice from Emergency Management Victoria.  Parents will be notified of any closure or relocation by 3.00pm the day prior to the forecast Extreme (FDR) day.

Dear Parents/Carers,

With summer again here, the school has reviewed our Emergency Management procedures and we ask that you again review and communicate your Fire Response plans to the school.

Lorne P-12 College has the following fire plan in place.

  • CODE RED: School Closed. Lorne P-12 College is identified by the Education Department as a school that will be CLOSED on days rated as CODE RED. On planned CODE RED parents must make arrangements for their families. 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.
  • EXTREME: On Extreme days our school will seek permission from the Department of Education to pre-emptively close. Where closure is approved by the Regional Director, the school community will be notified by no later than 3.00pm the day prior to the forecast Extreme Fire Danger Rating day closure.
  • EXTREME: Many families at our school choose to enact their own fire preparedness arrangements on an Extreme Fire Danger Rating day. We ask all families to please complete the following form regarding family fire arrangements for Extreme days.
  • In the event of a major bushfire the ILS Building is our emergency area and the situation will be monitored. Any decision to move students will be made by Karen Biggelaar or College delegate in conjunction with the Police and CFA.
  • Further information can be found on both the DEECD www.education.vic.gov.au and click on Emergency Closures, CFA www.cfa.vic.gov.au websites under bushfires.

On all days of high fire risk families are encouraged to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan and children should never be left at home unattended or in the care of an older child.

Please make yourself familiar with this information then complete and return the Fire Response survey sent home last week.


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