● Three dead in Dungog
ALL Catholic schools, at least 40 public schools and the University of Newcastle will remain closed on Wednesday as storm clean-ups and repairs continue.
The Catholic Schools Office last night confirmed that all Catholic schools within the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese will remain closed due to damage and further threats from the ongoing storm. The Catholic Schools Office will also be closed.Macquarie College is also closed, as is Dungog community Preschool.
The Department of Education last night confirmed that the following public schools will definitely remain closed on Wednesday: Anna Bay Public, Belmont High, Belmont Public, Bobs Farm Public, Bonnells Bay Public, Callaghan College Jesmond Campus, Callaghan College Waratah Campus, Cardiff High School, Charlestown South Public, Elermore Vale Public, Fern Bay Public, Glendale High, Glendore Public, Grahamstown Public, Hamilton North Public, Hunter River High, Hunter Sports High, Irrawang High, Irrawang Public, Islington Public, Jewells Public, Karuah Public, Kotara School, Lake Macquarie High, Mayfield East Public, Mayfield West Public, Medowie Public, Minmi Public, New Lambton South Public, Newcastle East Public, Newcastle High, Newcastle Middle School, Raymond Terrace Public, Salt Ash Public, Seaham Public, Speers Point Public, Stockton Public, Tanilba Bay Public, Wakefield School, Waratah Public, Waratah West Public and Wirreanda Public.
A department spokesman said most of the schools will be closed because of storm damage including fallen trees, cuts to power, broken windows from storm debris and water inundation.
Schools not included on the list will be open on Wednesday, but parents are urged to check for changes made overnight to their school’s website, or to their school’s social media posts.
Hunter TAFE will make a decision on its campuses on Wednesday morning. Students and staff are urged to check the TAFE website for further updates.