All students at a primary school in Sydney’s south have been told to self-isolate, after a staff member tested positive to coronavirus.
- The standard NSW protocol is for a school to only close for a few days
- The COVID-19-positive school staff member had close contact with most of the 455 students at the school
- As a result, the Department of Education and NSW Health have asked for all pupils to self-isolate
New South Wales Department of Education Deputy Secretary Murat Dizdar said the results for a staff member at Laguna Street Public School in Caringbah South came through on Saturday afternoon.
Mr Dizdar said the school’s principal notified parents on Saturday night.
“The Department of Education discussed this case in detail with NSW Health on Saturday afternoon,” he said.
“We have communicated through our principal with the school community on Saturday evening of our decision to cease operation of on-site learning at the school up until June 24.”
He said the standard NSW protocol is for a school to only close for a couple of days for deep cleaning and tracing of near contacts.
But Mr Dizdar said that as the staff member had close contact with most of the 455 students at the school, all pupils should self-isolate.
“The Department of Education and NSW Health are asking our families of Laguna Street Public School to have their children self-isolate,” he said.
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“Our families will receive contact starting Sunday, June 14 and over the next few days directly from NSW Health, to answer any questions that they have and to indicate the necessary self-isolation period for their children.”
He said fellow staff members that are close contacts of the worker were also being asked to self-isolate.
Mr Dizdar said at-home learning would be provided for students, with the school’s principal to provide further details on Monday June 15.
NSW Health has requested anyone at the school who has been unwell or has flu-like symptoms to be tested at one of the COVID-19 clinics that can conduct testing for school-aged children.
A spokesman for NSW Health said details of the new COVID-19 case were released earlier than the normal period, to alert families of the school’s closure ahead of Monday so that at-home learning arrangements could be made well in advance.
Several public and private schools were temporarily closed for several days after students or workers tested positive to COVID-19, including Rose Bay Public School, Moriah College and Waverley College — all in Sydney’s east.
St Ignatius College Riverview in Sydney’s north and Warragamba Public School in Sydney’s south-west were also temporarily closed last month.