A number of Victorian schools have received threatening phone calls this year.
Schools in other states across Australia have also received similar calls.
While all of the calls so far have been hoaxes, schools are taking the calls seriously and enacting their emergency management plans upon receiving a call.
Where a school has received a call and enacted its emergency management plan, parents and carers will be contacted by their school.
Our goal is for schools to operate as normal and parents and carers should assume that all schools will be open unless informed otherwise by their school.
While it is not part of the usual evacuation process for parents to pick up their children, depending on the circumstances, in some instances schools may ask parents, guardians and carers to do so. If parents, guardians and carers receive a phone call or text message to pick up their children, the child will need to be formally released from school to a parent/guardian/carer, or a friend or relative who is authorised to collect the child.
If the person collecting the child is not known to the school, the school will require identification to demonstrate that they are the parent, guardian or carer or an authorised person, and the person collecting must sign a release form or list so that the school can keep track of which children have left their care.
The Department has prepared advice for parents on supporting students who have been exposed to these events:
For more information, please contact your child’s school.