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Severe Weather Warning for Parents and Students


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.

Parents are urged to check local weather conditions and road access, and put their safety — and that of their children — above all else.

Parents should consider that with deteriorating weather conditions, the impact of this significant weather system is expected to worsen during the course of Thursday 30 March 2017.

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.

Parents should not only consider the risks of the travel journey to school but also the return journey at the end of the school day in response to the deteriorating weather that is forecast during Thursday.

The Department asks parents 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 for wind, rainfall and flood updates. 

We need parents to plan their day, and their children's travel to and from school, with the full knowledge of this changing and dangerous weather system. 

For information about school closures, continue checking the Department's School Closures website at for the most up-to-date information about the status of schools in affected areas.

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.


Last updated

30 March 2017 ​