Schools Page ContentRecovery Disaster and Emergency Response Take ActionAfter the event has impacted the school, the following should occur;If school has been not been temporarily closedAssess safety of students and staff.Assess the status of the school, noting BAS protocols.If any visible damage or potential hazards e.g. asbestos, site access, tree damage, then engage BAS for site inspection.If required, consider temporary closure under CE Directive 1/2015.Implement Business Continuity Plan as required.If school has been vacated (holidays, weekends) or temporarily closed under CE Directive 1/2015Assess safety and wellbeing of staff.Assess status of school.If any visible damage or potential hazards e.g. asbestos, engage BAS for site inspection.Implement Business Continuity Plan as required.Decide on resuming educational services.Invoke, or continue, temporary closure of the school under CE Directive 1.2015 as required and advise the Regional Response Controller.Utilise Communication Strategy.Re-open school after conducting a Suitability Assessment (DOCX, 41KB) and determining that it is safe to do so (PDF, 317KB). Useful Tools Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) (PDF, 426KB) Memorandum of Agreement - Public Cyclone Shelter and Evacuation Centres (DOCX, 2.44MB) Checklist - Suitability Assessment (DOCX, 43KB) Checklist - Recovery - Post Disaster (DOCX, 730KB) Disaster and Emergency Management CE Directive No. 1/2015 — Temporary closure and re-opening of State Schools in disaster or emergency situationsCommunicationsThe Disaster and Emergency Communications Strategy (PDF, 2.9MB) provides a summary of the phases of an event and suggested internal and external stakeholder communications opportunities for schools and regions to consider.This also provides templates for Principals to use when communicating with parents following bomb threats and armed attack threats on schools. Communications template for principals to parents - pre-emptive re threats (DOC, 390 KB) Communication - principals to parents - threats to school (DOC, 386 KB) Communications - principals to parents - significant incident at school (DOC, 386 KB)Damage to schoolsAll staff and community members are reminded not to access the school site after a disaster or emergency event until advised by the Principal that it is safe to do so. Schools impacted will be subjected to assessments to determine any damage by Building and Asset Services (BAS) and then by the Principal to consider the suitability to resume normal services. A Suitability Assessment Checklist is attached to the school's Emergency Response Plan.Special leave entitlementsStaff are also able to access paid special leave to deal with the effects of natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, severe storms or bushfires under Special Leave DIRECTIVE 05/17 (PDF, 165 KB). Contact the Principal for more information. Useful Sites MyHR (login required) Weather/events Bureau of Meteorology Get Ready Queensland - Disaster Management Bushfire Mapping Agencies Queensland Police Service Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Queensland Ambulance Service State Emergency Services Queensland Health - Natural disasters and severe weather Key Contacts Emergency and School Security Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: (07) 3034 6011 (disaster and emergency management)Phone: (07) 3034 6012 (disaster and emergency management)Phone: (07) 3034 6013 (school security)School Watch Phone: 13 17 88 Employee Assistance Program External counselling services – LifeWorks by Morneau Shepell – Phone 1800 604 640 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) School closuresFor information on closed educational facilities during a disaster or emergency event, visit the DoE school closures website.