What happens on a Code Red day?
For schools and early childhood services that are currently closed, see:
Schools and early childhood services that have been identified as being at high fire risk and on the Department’s
bushfire at-risk register will close on days determined Code Red by the Emergency Management Commissioner.
Schools and early childhood services not on the Department’s bushfire at-risk register will remain open, unless directly threatened by fire or another emergency.
Where possible, four to seven days notice of a planned closure will be provided. Parents and carers should expect that in some instances fewer than four days notice may be provided.
Once a Code Red day has been determined by the Emergency Management Commissioner this decision will not change – regardless of any changes in the weather forecast. This will help limit confusion and help your family plan for how your children will be cared for when their school or early childhood service is closed.
Advice will be provided to you directly by your school or early childhood service.
When a school or early childhood service is closed due to a Code Red day determination, no staff will remain on site and all out-of-school care programs (including vacation, before and after school programs) will not operate.
What happens if a school or service is only potentially closed?
For schools and services that may be potentially closed, see:
If your school or early childhood service is listed as potentially closed on the school and service closure list, you should start planning for alternative care arrangements for your child in the event that the planned closure proceeds. The final decision to close a school or early childhood service will be confirmed no later than 1.00pm the day before the planned closure. This decision will not change, irrespective of an improvement in the weather forecast. No child should be left at home alone or in the care of siblings on high-fire danger days.
School bus transport
If a bus route is threatened by unexpected fire, the school will enact its local emergency management plan.
Information on changes to bus routes or cancellation of services will be provided by your school and via this website.
The safety of students and staff is paramount and off-site activities may be cancelled, postponed or relocated if faced with the threat of bushfire.
Off-site activities include any activity undertaken by staff and children away from their normal school facility. This can include:
- Field trips
- Sporting activities
- Training or conferences for staff
Frequently asked questions