Schools with elevated bushfire risk on the South Coast will be temporarily closed today (Tuesday September 19) due to extreme fire danger ratings being declared.
16 Schools in the Bega Valley will be non-operational today while nine in the Eurobodalla will have no students or staff on campus today.
The decision was made by the Department of Education in consultation with the NSW Rural Fire Service. While Catholic Education made the decision in line with advice from the NSW Department of Education to their local public schools.
A Department spokesperson said they encourage parents and carers to always follow the advice of Police and Emergency Services during periods of heightened bushfire risk.
Schools including Batemans Bay, Sunshine Bay, Mogo, Broulee, Central Tilba, Bodalla Public, Carroll College, St Bernards in Batehaven and Narooma High will be closed in the Eurobodalla.
While Bega Valley, Bemboka, Bournda, Tathra, Tanja, Candelo, Cobargo, Quaama, Pambula, Towamba, Wolumla and Wynham Public schools will be non-operational today, as well as Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Lumen Christi Catholic College and St Pat’s in Bega.
Parents are urged to check their emails for any updates from the schools and also keep an ear out for alerts from the Rural Fire Service.
Schools plans to re-open on Wednesday (September 20) unless other advice is issued by the RFS.
Some preschools and kindergartens on the South Cost may be closing as well on Tuesday (with parents and carers asked to check with their providers directly) while others will remain open but are asking parents and carers to ensure they have a phone with them at all times and are reachable in the event of an emergency evacuation.
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