TC DEBBIE: Schools out for the rest of the week
MORE than 50 schools in the impacted area will remain closed until the end of the week.
These schools are in the process of communicating this information with their parents and staff.
A Department of Education and Training spokesperson said parents should continue checking its school websites and the Department's website http://closures.det.qld.gov.au/.
A number of other schools in affected coastal and inland areas will remain closed on Thursday, March 30.
The decision to open or close individual schools is an ongoing process and is made with the safety of students, teachers and community members the highest priority.
These decisions are made in full consultation with and on the advice of local disaster management groups in disaster-declared and other areas.
Independent and Catholic schools
Whitsunday Christian College will remain closed for the rest of the week due to loss of power and water.
St Catherine's Catholic College will also remain closed for the rest of the week.
They posted to social media to say the Mercy Campus had sustained some structural damage and extensive flooding through a number of classrooms.
It also said trees and playground equipment were down and the Loyola and Manresa also have areas of flooding in classrooms and specialist rooms.
It said the clean-up will begin when it is safe to do so.
Early Childhood Education Centres
Parents are encouraged to make direct contact with their Early Childhood Education Centre/Provider for advice on whether it will be closed.
Please listen to your local ABC radio service for updates and advice.
The Department urges parents, families and children not to take unnecessary risks outdoors.
Further information about current weather conditions can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au
Current flood situation
There is a widespread Flood Watch for significant parts of central and southern Queensland at this time.
This may impact upon the status of school closures and openings within the watch zone.
Any affected schools that need to close will be listed on the Department's School Closures website at http://closures.det.qld.gov.au/