A private school in Melbourne’s south-east has closed soon after reopening due to a student testing positive to coronavirus.
The infected student is understood to be a Year 12 pupil from Nazareth College in Noble Park who sat the General Achievement Test (GAT) last Wednesday.
It comes as majority of Victorian primary students and Year 7s returned to classrooms for the first time since June today.
Nazareth College has closed after a student tested positive to COVID-19. (Google Maps)
In a letter to parents, Principal Sam Cosentino said the school had closed for a “precautionary pandemic clean” from yesterday.
“This closure will allow time for the school and the DHHS to work through a contact and containment strategy,” he said.
“Contact tracing in schools can take a couple of days and we will give up an update when it has been completed.
“This includes identifying and notifying any person who has been in close recent contact with the affected student who has tested positive for COVID-19.”
Students who attended classrooms last week have been advised to self-isolate at home while contact tracing occurs.
“They must limit movements to home-based activities and not attend public places,” Mr Cosentino said.
“I understand this news will be concerning for many of you. I want to assure you we are doing everything we can to contain and slow the spread of the virus and ensure the health and safety of our whole school community.
“The school is being supported by the DHHS and CEM regarding our next steps and appropriate action.”
Education Minister James Merlino said he did not believe there were issues with other students being close contacts.
“I am confident DHHS will do its job … and the school will reopen shortly,” he said.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the school was in his electorate and he had confidence it would be able to open when it was safe to do so.
“I would be absolutely confident that they will do the right thing absolutely in anything they have to do to get their school open and to have students that may have been in that GAT cohort appropriately isolated and tested further.”
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