Flooding causes 20 Gympie school closures
TWENTY schools in the Gympie region will remain closed today due to flooding or because they are being used as evacuation centres.
While the Queensland government confirmed that the majority of state schools would be open tomorrow, Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, said up to 200 schools in the Bundaberg, Maryborough and Gympie regions would be closed.
"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 state schools in the Gympie region will be closed on Tuesday:
Chatsworth, Cooran, Gympie Central, Gympie South, Gympie West, Jones Hill, Kilkivan, Pomona, Tin Can Bay, Amamoor, Dagun, Glenwood, Gympie East, Kandanga, Gundiah, Kin Kin , Kia Ora, One Mile, Monkland and Gympie Special School.