STUDENTS and staff were evacuated from Maffra Secondary College on Wednesday afternoon as police conducted a safety check on school grounds.

In a statement provided to the Gippsland Times, Victoria Police confirmed officers conducted a safety check at a school.

“Emergency services were called to the school on Bill Cane Court about 2.30pm after the school had been evacuated as a precaution,” the statement said.

“The scene has since been deemed safe and no offence detected.”

Just after 3pm on Wednesday, Wellington Police said they were attending an incident at the Maffra Secondary College.

“No persons are injured and there are no concerns for welfare,” Wellington Police wrote on social media.

“Students have been evacuated to the oval and Police have requested that parents please collect student (sic) from the King Street Oval Entrance whilst they investigate the matter.”
At 3.30pm that same day, Maffra Secondary College wrote an update on their Facebook page.

“This afternoon all staff and students were evacuated to the oval. All students have been accounted for and dismissed,” the school said.

“We commended our students and staff on following our evacuation processes.”

Update: The school wrote on their Facebook page on Wednesday night.

“Today the school was required to enact its Emergency Management Plan this afternoon, following a threat towards our school. We immediately alerted the emergency services and evacuated all students, staff and visitors that were onsite at the time.

We have since been given the all clear and school will resume as normal tomorrow morning. Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff and students. Our students and staff are commended for the way they responded and followed our emergency management process, whilst staying calm at all times.

We have arranged for additional wellbeing staff to be available at the school tomorrow.

They will be available for any students and staff that require them.”

The school confirmed to the Gippsland Times that the students went back to school as normal on Thursday.

Photo: Tom Parry.