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Recovery Disaster and Emergency Response

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After the event has impacted the School the following should occur;

If school has been not been temporarily closed;

  1. Assess safety of students and staff.
  2. Assess the status of the school, noting BAS protocols.
  3. If any visible damage or potential hazards eg asbestos, site access, tree damage, then engage BAS for site inspection.
  4. If required consider Temporary Closure under CE Directive 1/2015.
  5. Implement Business Continuity Plan as required.

If school has been vacated (holidays, weekends) or temporarily closed under CE Directive 1/2015;

  1. Assess safety and wellbeing of staff.
  2. Assess status of school.
  3. If any visible damage or potential hazards eg asbestos, engage BAS for site inspection.
  4. Implement Business Continuity Plan as required.
  5. Decide on resuming educational services.
  6. Invoke, or continue, Temporary Closure of the school under CE Directive 1.2015 as required and advise the Regional Response Controller.
  7. Utilise Communication Strategy.
  8. Re-open school after conducting a Suitability Assessment (DOCX, 41KB) and determining that it is safe to do so (PDF, 317KB).

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Communications

The Disaster and Emergency Communications Strategy provides a summary of the phases of an event and suggested internal and external stakeholder communications opportunities for schools and regions to consider.

This also provides templates for Principals to use when communicating with parents following bomb threats and armed attack threats on schools.

Damage to schools

All staff and community members are reminded not to access the school site after a disaster or emergency event until advised by the Principal that it is safe to do so. Schools impacted will be subjected to assessments to determine any damage by Building and Asset Services (BAS) and then by the Principal to consider the suitability to resume normal services. A Suitability Assessment Checklist is attached to the school's Emergency Response Plan.

Special leave entitlements

Staff are also able to access paid special leave to deal with the effects of natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, severe storms or bushfires under Special Leave DIRECTIVE 05/17 (PDF, 165 KB). Contact the Principal for more information.


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For information on closed educational facilities during a disaster or emergency event, visit the DET school closures website.

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Last updated
12 October 2017