Most Central Queensland schools will be open tomorrow
DESPITE early fears that damaged caused by ex tropical cyclone Oswald would result in mass school closures, Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek has confirmed that the majority of state schools would be open tomorrow.
However, Mr Langbroek said that up to 200 schools in the Bundaberg, Maryborough and Gympie regions would be closed.
This also includes a number of schools in other affected regions from Rockhampton to Coolangatta.
"The safety of students, staff and the wider community is the first consideration when making the decision to close a school," Mr Langbroek said.
"Students are expected to return to school as normal tomorrow unless it's been used as an evacuation centre or has been closed because of access or safety issues.
"But I urge parents, even if their school is open, to use their discretion and consider access issues, road closures and transport in their community before sending their child to school."
A full update of school closures can be found at http://dete.qld.gov.au/natural-disasters.html
Mr Langbroek also encouraged families without power to listen to their local radio station or call Smart Services Queensland 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for information on school closures.
He said the situation was constantly changing and the website and Smart Services line would continue to provide up-to-date information about the status of schools until all have re-opened.
"Closures of early childhood centres, TAFEs and Independent and Catholic schools will also be on the website," Mr Langbroek said.
"The decision to close schools was made on the basis of whether parents can access a school, whether the school has power and sewerage and whether the school is being used as an evacuation centre."
The following DETE facilities will be closed on Tuesday 29 January.
- Gayndah State School
- Gayndah State High School (Burnett College)
- Jambin State School
- Goovidgen State School
- Bijour State School
- Boynewood State School
- Mundubbera State School
- Ambrose State School
- Eidsvold State School
- Westwood State School
- Gogango State School
- Stanwell State School
- Ridgelands State School