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Fire update – school and preschool closures for Friday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The following schools and preschools will be closed on Friday 27 November 2015:

  • Owen Primary School
  • Hamley Bridge Primary School
  • Hamley Bridge Kindergarten
  • Wasleys Primary School / Play Centre
  • Freeling Primary School
  • Kapunda High School
  • Riverton Primary School

Due to the ongoing impacts of the fire, many of the schools that are still operating in the area will be delivering a modified program.

School bus and school taxi services in affected areas are expected to be heavily impacted.

Executive Director, Infrastructure, Ross Treadwell says schools and preschools are making direct contact with parents about closures and cancellations, where possible.

“The safety of children and school staff is our priority, and it is in their best interests that these schools and preschools are closed.

“As the fire is still ‘active’, there is a high possibility of road closures remaining in place and some routes may be inaccessible.

“All reasonable efforts have been made to contact those families affected by cancelled routes. However, it may not have been possible to contact all parents and caregivers due to phone and power losses in the area.

“Families are advised to consider alternate means of transporting their children and are urged to check the latest information on the CFS and SA Police websites before commencing any journey into the affected area.”

Trauma counselling and other support services for staff and students has been arranged for schools and preschools in the affected areas.

Teams including social workers and psychologists are being deployed, with support being made available in person and over the phone.

The initial emergency support will be followed-up in the coming weeks and months, with ongoing counselling support being made available to students and staff.

“The department acknowledges that many families will have been directly and indirectly affected by yesterday’s events, including the necessity to evacuate or relocate to a safer area,” Mr Treadwell said.

“Families that are unable to attend school for personal or logistical reasons are asked to notify their respective schools of non-attendance in the usual manner.”

Further updates will be released as information becomes available at www.crisis.sa.edu.au.

The DECD Parent Bushfire Hotline will be available on 1800 000 279 for information on any variations to this statement.

The Department for Education and Child Development will continue to monitor the situation and act on the advice of the CFS.

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