Bushfire & Grassfire Plan

Should bushfires or grassfires occur near Chairo campuses or in areas where Chairo families live, relevant information (including regarding campus closures and/or impacted bus routes) will be posted on Facebook and Linc News, and communicated via email and/or SMS.

Chairo has developed a Bushfire & Grassfire Emergency Management Information document in order to deal appropriately with the risk of bushfire or grassfire.

The school will monitor the declared fire risk in our regions, and other areas where students may be present if off campus, based on the Fire Danger Rating Index. We will also receive notification from government sources of any declared risk levels of extreme or above.

All Chairo campuses are on the Department of Education and Training's register of schools and early childhood services deemed to be at risk of grassfire. Therefore, on days declared as Catastrophic, all Chairo campuses will be closed due to their locations and the extent of the high risk areas that our buses travel through each day.

Bushfire and grassfire information for schools is available on the CFA website (Schools section). Families are encouraged to download the following resources from their Resources section:

  • CFA Fire Ready Kit
  • Grassfire Fact Sheet – Rural
  • Urban Fringe Grassfire
  • Your Guide to Survival

Fire Danger Rating

The Australian Fire Danger Rating System delivers a nationally consistent system for fire danger ratings based on the latest scientific research. It uses four tiers of fire danger (Moderate, High, Extreme and Catastrophic) with clear and simple messages applying to each rating.

Moderate: Plan and prepare.
High: Be ready to act.
Extreme: Take action now to protect your life and property.
Catastrophic: For your survival, leave bushfire risk areas.