South Hedland Primary School
An Independent Public School
This is to inform parents of the school procedures which are to be adopted if a cyclone threatens our area.
Cyclone Watch/Warning: Children to attend school as normal.
BLUE ALERT :
The school will remain open.
If a Yellow Alert is likely to be declared at some time during the school day the school will not open - children will remain at home.
If the school is to close, this information will be broadcast between 6.30pm and 6.45pm and between 6.30am and 6.45am on the local radio stations. The closure advice will be repeated each morning until the decision to re-open the school is made.
School buses may be affected at this stage. Any change to the bus operation will be given on the radio at the above times.
PLEASE DO NOT RING THE SCHOOL.
All information and updated reports relating to warnings and school closures ARE ISSUED ON THE RADIO AND VIA THE SKOOLBAG APP. In the event of a cyclone, critical updates may also be sent via the School Text Message Program.
Please keep yourself informed. If a Yellow Alert is declared during a school day, the following will occur:
Yellow alert prior to lunch – students can be picked up immediately from their classroom. The school will close at lunch time. Students will not be sent home until instructions are received from parents.
Yellow alert after lunch - students can be picked up immediately from their classroom. The school will close at the usual time. Students will not be sent home until instructions are received from parents.
The above does not preclude immediate closure in extenuating circumstances and if deemed necessary by the Cyclone Committee.
School will remain shut during a Red Alert.
In the event that a "Red Alert" is proclaimed after 2pm, schools will remain closed the following day.
In the event that a Red Alert is proclaimed after 2.00pm but subsequently cancelled, the District Director in consultation with the Cyclone Committee has the discretion to ensure that schools open the following day.
AFTER THE CYCLONE
If a Red Alert is called after 2.00pm schools will generally be shut the following day to allow for assessment and repair of serious damage. Please continue to listen to the radio/refer to the Skoolbag App or school SMS to receive information as to when schools will open. Please keep yourself informed and updated, until all threat from the cyclone is past.