About Code Red Days

Code Red Closure List

What happens on a Code Red Day?

For schools and services that are currently closed, see: Emergency Closures

Schools, kindergartens and licensed child care centres 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 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, however, expect that in some instances fewer than 4 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, kindergarten or child care centre is closed.

Advice will be provided to you directly by your school, kindergarten or child care centre.

When a school or children's 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: Emergency Closures

If your school or facility 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 children’s 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.

Off-site activities

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:

  • Camps
  • Field trips
  • Sporting activities
  • Training or conferences for staff

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