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All schools are expected to be operational on Day 1, Term 1. Check back before term starts on 28 January for up-to-date information on schools that have temporarily ceased operations due to adverse weather conditions, bushfire activity, emergencies or other incidents.
Please see the State Emergency Service website for up to date information and evacuation orders.
Get updates directly to your mobile device using these apps:
For information on bushfire incidents, check the NSW Rural Fire Service mobile apps.
For guidance about when to call Triple Zero and information about who to call in various non-emergency situations, check the Emergency+ smartphone app.
For more bushfire updates, call the bushfire information line on 1800 679 737 or check the NSW Rural Fire Service:
You can also get information from your school, local radio, TV and newspapers or by contacting your local fire station.
Check Live Traffic NSW for updates on road closures and interruption to services.
Find your local evacuation centres to access a range of support services available to those affected by the fires and arrange local support.
For weather updates, check the Bureau of Meteorology:
Large-scale distressing events affect our school communities in many ways.
For immediate mental health support, refer to the various agencies below most suited to your school context and/or the Whole-school Wellbeing section of this portal. headspace has a specific fact sheet around supporting students, teachers and schools after large scale incidents. Other specific mental health resources can be found at Emerging Minds and Be You.
The Australian Government has also provided funding to Beyond Blue for an additional 25 liaison officers and clinicians to work with schools and early childhood services in bushfire affected communities.
With increased smoke across the state due to the current bushfires, we are focused on reducing the impact of the smoke on our students.
This includes moving outdoor activities indoors and may include cancelling outdoor events when the smoke is increased. Refer to the NSW Ministry of Health's Bushfire smoke resources for information on what you can do to avoid or reduce the impact of bushfire smoke on your health.
There has been a significant toll on native wildlife due to the bushfires. If a member of the school community finds a sick, injured or orphaned native animal, please call WIRES on 1300 094 737. Please note the advice from the Department of Primary Industries on Helping wildlife after floods and fires.
For schools that have livestock on school sites, a range of resources on managing livestock after a fire and contact information regarding water, feed and other animal recovery resources is available from the Department of Primary Industries.
If you have any questions regarding the closure of an early childhood education service in your area, please contact the Early Childhood Education Directorate on 1800 619 113 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org from 7am to 7pm.
If you, or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000 or visit your nearest hospital.
1300 224 636beyondblue.org.au
Beyond Blue provides information and support to everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Find your nearest headspace centre
An interactive map to locate a headspace centre staffed with people who are trained and ready to help young people.
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
NSW Rural Fire Service
The NSW RFS provides information and warnings through a variety of channels including; Fires Near Me website and smart phone app and social media.
24/7 Crisis Support
Life in Mind is a national gateway connecting Australian suicide prevention services to each other and the community, They provide national crisis support numbers for individuals and communities.
Payments and services when recovering from a major disaster or emergency help for homelessness, family violence, financial hardship or bereavement.
1800 551 800Kids Helpline Official
For children and young people directly impacted by the bushfires or those who are concerned about the disaster coverage they have seen in the media.
1300 789978MensLine Australia
MensLine is a telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.
National Bushfire Recovery Agency
Leading and coordinating a national response to rebuilding communities affected by bushfires across large parts of Australia.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian movement supporting cities, country towns and rural communities in relation to disaster support and resources in case of emergencies.
St Vincent de Paul Society
Vinnies members are present in communities throughout Australia providing immediate emergency support for bushfires and drought.
Be You provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health.
The Red Cross
The Red Cross offers support to people before and after disasters strike.
Is an international Christian movement supporting cities, country towns and rural communities in relation to disaster support and resources in case of emergencies.
Trauma and Grief Network
The Network offers resources to help caregivers respond to the diverseneeds of children and adolescents experiencing trauma, loss and/or grief.