We have been saddened by the recent bushfires and have already begun thinking about how we, as a community, can help those affected.
In regards to the air quality, caused by smoke from the bushfires, GEKA are taking regular guidance and advice from the Department of Education and Training (our funding provider) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
We do not anticipate closing the services due to air quality caused by smoke, but rather, take action to ensure we are able to provide a quality programs and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved. This will include monitoring of air quality, as per the EPA website and reporting to educational teams, so they can act accordingly.
Educators will follow the guidelines as provided by DET:
- ensure that all medical management and risk minimisation plans (such as asthma management plans) are in place and that all educators are aware of children’s individual needs
- ensure relevant medication is available – GEKA have a spare asthma medication on site at each service in case of emergency, as well as disposable spacers
- reduce physical activities
- limit or cancel outdoor activities (this includes excursions)
- keep windows and doors shut
- GEKA services have split systems that will ensure air is recirculated
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