Schools and preschools in bushfire prone areas have either an extreme/very high rating, a high rating.
Get the fire risk rating of your local preschool or school.
Days of catastrophic fire danger rating
When a catastrophic fire danger rating is forecast, preschools and schools in the affected district:
- with an extreme or very high risk rating will be closed and school buses and taxis will not operate within the affected fire ban district
- schools and preschools will make every attempt to contact parents and carers to inform them if the school or preschool will be closed
- with a low to moderate risk rating will remain open and school buses and taxis will not operate within the affected fire ban district - parents will need to make alternative transport arrangements for their children on these days.
- shared bus routes with neighboring fire ban districts may be affected
- a parent information phone hotline will be available on 1800 000 279 from 7.00 am to 8.00 pm
To help you be prepared, the staff at your child's preschool or school
will let you know if it is in a high risk fire ban district. You will also receive information about your child's school or preschool bushfire procedures.
The Country Fire Service:
Preparing for bushfire season
Bushfire season can be an anxious tiem for children and families.
We ask parents and carers to:
- Read all bushfire information provided.
- Talk to your children about what will happen if a bushfire occurs when they are at school or preschool.
- Make sure your emergency contact details are up-to-date with our school or preschool.
Our schools and preschools in bushfire prone area have emergency plans, called Bushfire Action Plans, to keep everybody as safe as possible in the event of a bushfire.
Bushfire Action Plans set out the actions our schools and preschools will take to, prepare for the bushfire season and, if necessary, protect your children in a bushfire situation.
We work with emergency services authorities (Country Fire Service and SA Police) to ensure that we are well prepared and in the best possible position to protect your child’s safety during a bushfire. Our schools and preschools in high risk areas must:
- Complete a Bushfire Safety Audit and checklist.
- Prepare buildings and grounds including clearing gutters, and removing vegetation
- Update their Bushfire Action Plan and inform families of changes.
- Practice bushfire safety drills.
- Ensure power-fail telephone handsets and battery powered radios are in working order.
- Ask parents and carers to update their emergency contact details.
On this site
Bushfire risk assessment tool
Development plans with bushfire protection areas
Bushfire and emergency information for schools and educators
Country Fire Service facebook page
Country Fire Service alerts on twitter
South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission - SAFECOM
Current weather warnings for South Australia - Bureau of Meteorology
SA Country Fire Service (CFS) information line 1300 362 361