REMINDER: All Ipswich schools are closed today
STUDENTS in Ipswich will start holidays two days early with all schools being closed today.
Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk announced yesterday that all state schools in south-east Queensland would remain shut today after severe weather battered the region yesterday.
Yesterday the premier said she would not apologise for keeping the region's children safe as she announced schools would close Thursday and Friday.
Important School Update: All SEQ schools will remain closed tomorrow. For the most up to date information - https://t.co/eBS8SBo4KS— AnnastaciaPalaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) March 30, 2017
She spoke about flooding in the south-east this morning and had one simple message for families thinking about heading out on the roads today.
"If it's flooded forget it," she said.
A department of educations spokesperson said all schools in the Metropolitan, North Coast and South-East education regions will remain closed today, and a large number in the Darling Downs South West Region will also be closed today.
"Parents should act in the interest of their children's safety," she said.
"The effects of former Tropical Cyclone Debbie have been widespread for most of the week, causing significant flooding, heavy rainfall and accompanied by gale force winds.
"All Queensland state schools will be officially on their end of term break after today."
A TransLink spokesperson spoke on 612 ABC radio this morning, reminding parents not to take their children to school
"Dedicated school buses will not be operating this morning because school has been cancelled but the remainder of the bus network will operate as normal," he said.
PREMIER Annastasia Palaszczuk has said she will not apologise for keeping the region's children safe as she announced schools will also remain closed tomorrow.
All Ipswich state school will not open tomorrow with the premier asking parents to keep their children at home and avoid travelling if possible.
"This is a severe weather event," she said.
"I thank parents for picking their children up today. This decision was not made lightly. It was made in the best interests of the safety of families.
"We do not want to put lives at risk.
"Who would have thought that Cyclone Debbie would have done this much damage to our state."
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart warned residents not to become complacent.
"This system is not over yet, we cannot allow our communities to become complacent," he said.
"We ask people to be patient, stay safe, help each other and listen to the official alerts and warning"
The premier asked Queenslanders to stay at home tonight.
"If you have plans to go out tonight to see a friend, a neighbour or to travel, don't," she said.
"We've already seeing flash flooding and expect to see more of it this evening and into the morning
"We need to have the roads cleared for emergency personnel if they need to get to the assistance of people."
URGENT MESSAGE: all state schools in Metropolitan,North Coast and South East Regions are closed today. Listen to ABC radio for updated info.— Queensland DET (@QLDDET) March 29, 2017
EARLIER: SPORTING fields are turning into lakes, water is covering roadways and schools are closed all over Ipswich.
The Department of Education has just confirmed all state schools in the south-east are closed today and is asking Ipswich parents to turn around and take their kids home if they've already left.
Widespread severe weather warnings - including significant rainfall, gale force winds, thunderstorms and large scale flooding - are now in place across large tracts of central, southern and south-east Queensland.
A Department of Education spokesperson said the effects of former Tropical Cyclone Debbie would be far-reaching and urged parents to check local weather conditions before heading to school.
"Parents are urged to check local weather conditions and road access, and put their safety - and that of their children - above all else," they said.
MARBURG (Ipswich): Firefighters have rescued two people from a car in floodwaters on Louisa Street. They are now safe on dry land.— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) March 30, 2017
"Parents should consider that with deteriorating weather conditions, the impact of this significant weather system is expected to worsen during the course of today."
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued top priority warnings to inland and coastal communities for widespread heavy rainfall, gale-strength winds and riverine and flash flooding.
"Parents should not only consider the risks of the travel journey to school but also the return journey at the end of the school day in response to the deteriorating weather that is forecast during the day," the spokesperson said.
"We need parents to plan their day, and their children's travel to and from school, with the full knowledge of this changing and dangerous weather system.
"We would like to reassure all of our affected school communities that our thoughts are with them during this difficult time. The safety of all of our staff, our students and their families will always be our highest priority."
Independent and Catholic schools
Parents with children at independent and Catholic schools should check with individual schools about local arrangements.
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.
Outside school hours care services
Parents should consider the possibility that schools may need to close early and should contact the school as the day progresses. They may need to make alternative arrangements.
Parents should contact transport providers such as bus companies to check if services are operating.
Special message from Bremer State High School
Bremer State High School is closed today (Thursday) and will be closed Friday (31 March) due to the predicted extreme weather conditions. School resumes Tuesday April 18.