Schools and workplaces are required to prepare their sites before the bush fire season to ensure the safety of staff and students.
Moruya High school has actioned and maintained the following throughout the bush fire season:
- Ensured our school is physically prepared for the bush fire season i.e. mowing the lawns, clearing gutters, clearing exclusion zone, locking away flammable items such as doormats and garbage skips.
- Ensured firebreaks are maintained and garden rubbish, native shrubs and tree branches are kept well clear of buildings throughout the bush fire season.
- Ensured First Aid Kit is stocked and ready for use.
- Practiced our plans and drills so that all staff are clear on their roles regarding what to do in an emergency.
- Key Contact information is quickly available in the event of an emergency.
Tested and verified fire protection systems (fire hydrants, evacuation alarms, fire extinguishers).
Our WHS procedures require that we carry out 2 evacuation drills each year of which the last was completed in December. Staff and students have great awareness of the protocols and work together effectively to ensure safe evacuation procedures.
Bush Fire Alert Levels
The Bush Fire Alert Levels provide information about the severity of the fire, its location and what you should do. During periods of increased fire danger and when there is local bush fire activity, as a principal and workplace manager I stay up to date with Bush Fire Alert Levels during these times.
If Moruya High school is impacted by fires, we will implement an appropriate incident response commensurate with the circumstances of the incident, which may include:
- Immediate provision of first aid if required
- Contacting emergency services (triple zero 000)
- Activation of the Emergency Management Plan
- Notifying the incident to the line manager
- Reporting the incident to the Departments Incident Report and Support Hotline
- Contacting school community
- Cooperating with emergency services
- Coordinating post incident support services for anyone impacted by the incident
- Maintaining a record of decisions made and actions taken
- Schools take advice from the local Rural Fire Service to ensure the safety of all staff and students. These plans will be enacted if required.
In all cases, parents and carers will be informed via the school app, SMS, and social media.
Advice for parents regarding Coronavirus ahead of school returning
With students returning to school next week, parents of children who have had contact with a confirmed case of novel Coronavirus are being urged to keep their children at home and monitor for symptoms.
NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant explained that any child who has been in contact with a person confirmed as having novel coronavirus must not attend school or childcare for 14 days after the last contact with the infected person.
"14 days represents the internationally recognised incubation period for the disease," Dr Chant said.
"After this time the child is considered not to be at risk of infection."
Students who have travelled to Wuhan and Hubei during the school holidays can return to school but should be carefully monitored for symptoms of coronavirus infection.
"The most common symptom is a fever," Dr Chant said.
"Other symptoms include, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath."
Anyone who exhibits these symptoms should be isolated immediately from other people and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel to Hubei or contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus, you should immediately isolate yourself from other people. Contact your GP or your emergency department or call the healthdirect helpline 1800 022 222 and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard explained that NSW Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia.
"Advice about not attending school would be provided to these close contacts," he said.
There are currently four confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in NSW. All cases had travelled to Wuhan, China or had contact with a confirmed case in China.
Parents with concerns can contact their local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for advice or visit the dedicated NSW Health information page at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
NSW Department of Education has issued guidance to all NSW Schools, which included information to guide school staff in the event of a child becoming sick.