Adverse Weather Conditions

On all days of adverse weather conditions the following procedures will be actioned at break times. Adverse weather conditions include - 

Wet weather 

Extreme weather – dust storm, electrical storm, strong winds etc

Hot weather - if estimated maximum temperature (from 8.00 a.m. weather forecast) is 36°C or greater a daily note will advise the probability of hot weather procedures. The actual temperature will be confirmed at 12 noon and class teachers informed if hot weather procedures are NOT to go ahead (Predicted 36°C temperature not reached.)

Note: Hot weather procedure is only effective at lunchtimes. Recess time proceeds as usual unless the temperature has already exceeded 36°C.

Should the weather improve from the adverse conditions, the leadership team will inform teachers or, in the case of wet weather or storms, sound a ringing bell which will indicate that outdoor play is now reinstated. There will be a minimum of 10 minutes between sirens.


stay in classrooms and their class teacher supervises and/or works with a buddy teacher to ensure appropriate duty of care 

access the canteen with permission from supervising teacher

Existing yard duty roster is cancelled

Classroom Teachers

offer classroom activities – working with a buddy teacher to ensure duty of care

Specialist teachers

release classroom teachers where required, monitor corridors or undertake other duties as directed

Principal, Deputy Principal, Assistant Principal

ensure staff are informed through the Daily Notes when Hot Weather Procedures are to be implemented. 

sound the Adverse Weather Siren (ringing bell) at the beginning or during the break for Wet or Extreme weather conditions. 

work with classroom teachers as buddies if required

ensure this procedure is included in Parent Information Booklet and regularly referred to in the Newsletter 

monitor canteen, toilets and outdoor movement

Policy update and review

The school council and staff regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of the Adverse Weather Conditions Policy (at least every three years) and revise the policy when required.

Policy last reviewed May 2020. Next review May 2023.

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