13 Nov 2019
You would all be aware that bushfires are having a devastating impact in some parts of the state. Thank you to our Cardiff North community for your support during yesterday’s extreme conditions. We continue to monitor the situation and as always ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Some staff and members of our school community have friends and family members in other areas who have been personally impacted by the situation. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.
I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to our school staff for their professionalism in ensuring our emergency management procedures are in place as always. Our staff have been compassionate and flexible during emergency management changes to school procedures ensuring the care of our students remains our priority. These changes have included the need for indoor play at recess and lunch to minimise exposure to smoke for all students. Any students with respiratory conditions are also being closely monitored whilst smoke remains a concern.
As Murat Dizdar, the Deputy Secretary for the Department has said, “There is still a need for all our schools to stay vigilant and be prepared to act in line with our School’s Emergency Management Procedures should the threat of fire continue or change depending upon locations across the state.”
Our procedures at Cardiff North include; the whole school meeting in the KG and 1/2 rooms in the event of the need to evacuate for a nearby bushfire, parents being contacted at all stages of the evacuation process, the possibility of a bus company transporting any remaining students and staff to one of the following possible evacuation points – Wests Cardiff, Wests New Lambton or Club Macquarie Argenton.
Remember to keep vigilant yourselves and install the Fires Near Me app on your phones. Please see below link to further information on “Fires Near Me NSW”- https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me
If you have any questions regarding our Bushfire procedures do not hesitate to contact me.
Stay safe everyone and have a beautiful week.