Bushfire & Emergency Management
The Patch School has an extensive Emergency Management Plan (EMP) that is reviewed annually. We are also fortunate to have staff with skills in first aid and emergency response.
We have many students who walk or catch a bus home from The Patch Store. However, on Total Fire Ban days we insist that a parent or guardian pick them up from school if at all possible.
Children are not allowed to walk home from school on TFB days without written consent from their parents or guardians.
You will find the EMPs for the school and also for our Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) Service below:
External Emergency Information
For further information on bushfire and other emergencies, please visit the websites listed below:
Days of Extreme and Code Red Fire Danger
In the interest of the safety of our students, families and staff, The Patch School will be applying to the Department of Education & Training (DET) for permission to close on days where the Fire Danger Rating is Extreme and definitely close on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Code Red, as per DET policy
As our school is on DET’s Bushfire At-Risk register, The Patch School WILL BE CLOSED on Code Red days
Where possible, when a Code Red day is declared, you will be notified between 4-6 days beforehand BUT it may be as little as 3 days. Once confirmed (no later than 1pm the day before the anticipated closure), regardless of any late change in the expected weather, the school will be closed and this will not change.
Due to the elevated bushfire risk, there will be no staff at school on these days. Updates on school closures and information on Code Red days can be found on the DET Emergency Management web page.
**On days of Extreme Fire Danger, The Patch School WILL BE CLOSED and RELOCATE to Knox Central Primary School – NO OSHC PROGRAM WILL BE AVAILABLE AT KNOX CENTRAL PS**
On days of Extreme Fire Danger there will again be no staff at school. If this occurs, families will be notified using SMS and email (no later than 1pm the day before the anticipated closure) so please be aware you may receive the same information more than once. We will also require a ‘read receipt’ from you to be absolutely sure everyone is aware of this situation.
Information about the current and expected Fire Danger Ratings can be found in weather forecasts on daily news programs, published on websites and in newspapers, broadcast on radio and on the CFA website .
Please note that it is the responsibility of every family to:
- know where to find and understand Fire Danger Rating information
- understand The Patch School’s procedure for days of EXTREME fire danger and CODE RED fire danger
- sign the attached form acknowledging your acceptance of these responsibilities and return it to the school
To assist with planning, please complete the above survey advising us whether you will be leaving the area with your children on days of Extreme Fire Danger or whether you will be dropping off and collecting your children from Knox Central Primary School.