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Cyclone Update 2


Pimlico State High School will re-open on Wednesday, 29 March.

At this afternoon’s District Disaster Management Group meeting the decision was made to re-open schools in Townsville, where safe to do so. Details on the Department of Education and Training’s school closures website provide further details of any ongoing school closures as a result of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
With Tropical Cyclone Debbie having made landfall well to our south and continuing to weaken while moving further away, there is no current severe weather threat to the Townsville community.
Students, parents and guardians were advised of the school’s re-opening by SMS and email on Tuesday afternoon.
An inspection of the school site was undertaken on Tuesday afternoon and the buildings and grounds have been deemed safe.
With further rain and wind predicted, the grounds may still be wet over the coming days and there may be loose branches, palm fronds and other vegetation. Students will be instructed to stay clear of trees. The school oval will also be closed. School staff will continue to monitor the state of our grounds. At all times, student safety is our primary concern.
School staff are currently working to reschedule exams that had been planned for Monday and Tuesday. Students will be advised on Wednesday of any changes to exam schedules. Exams from earlier in the week will likely be run on Thursday and Friday. 
I will continue to provide regular updates via Twitter:
While the school will be open over the coming days, parents and guardians should continue to exercise caution and make their own judgment as to whether or not it is safe for students to travel to school.
I trust that everyone is safe and well. Townsville had a close call, but many further south are in a much direr situation. I am sure that all of our thoughts are with everyone in these communities.
Best wishes
Joel Buchholz