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SCHOOL CLOSED - MEDIA STATEMENT

30/03/2017
MEDIA STATEMENT
 
Schools in rain affected areas closed today will also close tomorrow (Friday 31 March 2017).
 
This includes all schools in the Metropolitan, North Coast and South-East education regions.
 
There are also a number of other schools closed around Queensland including those impacted by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Further schools may close in the interests of student safety.
 
Parents should act in the interest of their children’s safety.
 
For information about school closures, parents should continue to check their local school website/social media and refer to the Department’s School Closures website at http://closures.det.qld.gov.au/ for the most up-to-date information about the status of schools in affected areas.
 
This website is being updated progressively.
 
The decision to close is being made in the interests of safety.
 
The decision follows advice that widespread severe weather warnings – including significant rainfall, gale force winds, thunderstorms and large scale flooding – are now in place across large tracts of central, southern and south-east Queensland.
 
The effects of former Tropical Cyclone Debbie are far-reaching, with severe weather and flood watch warnings now current for significant parts of the watch zone.
 
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued top priority warnings to inland and coastal communities for widespread heavy rainfall, gale-strength winds and riverine and flash flooding.
 
People are urged to tune into their local ABC radio – the official emergency broadcaster - for weather and road updates.
 
They should regularly monitor the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website www.bom.gov.au for wind, rainfall and flood updates.
 
We would like to reassure all of our affected school communities that our thoughts are with them during this difficult time. The safety of all of our staff, our students and their families will always be our highest priority.
 
Independent and Catholic schools
 
Parents with children at independent and Catholic schools should check with individual schools about local arrangements.
 
Early Childhood Education Centres
 
Parents are encouraged to make direct contact with their Early Childhood Education Centre/Provider for advice on whether it will be closed.