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
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
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
For information about school closures, continue checking 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.
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.