Wed. May 18th, 2022

Dozens of year 12 students are not allowed to return to the classroom in person again, with at least two schools closing on Friday due to COVID-19 cases.

3AW Drive was alerted to the news by listeners.

Michelle told Tom Elliott that a student at St Mary’s College, St Kilda East, had tested positive.

The school has closed for deep cleaning.

And Camberwell’s Siena College has the same situation on its hands.

Parents were told the students were to gather on Friday after a positive case was discovered.

That school has also been closed for thorough cleaning.

Students had only recently returned to the classroom due to COVID-19.

LETTER TO PARENTS ST MARY’S COLLEGE

LETTER TO PARENTS SIENA COLLEGE

Dear parents and guardians,

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has informed of a confirmed COVID-19 case at Siena College. If your daughter is currently on the scene, make sure she is picked up immediately. Students are not allowed to use public transportation to travel home. Students gather all necessary books and materials before leaving as the place will not be available due to deep cleaning.

On the advice of DHHS and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV), the college closes next seven days.

This closure allows time for the school and DHHS to work through a contact and containment strategy. This includes the identification and notification of any person who has been in close recent contact with those affected sag who have tested positive for COVID-19.

If your daughter has been to the place from Tuesday, October 5th it is strongly recommended that she undergo a COVID-19 test and isolate against receiving a negative result. The dorm remains closed until we receive further advice from DHHS.

All students are advised to stay home while contact tracking occurs. Distance learning will resume from Monday, October 11, 2021.

I understand that this news will be of concern to many of you. I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to contain and curb the spread of the virus, and to ensure the health and safety of our entire school community.

The school is supported by DHHS and CECV regarding our next steps and appropriate action.

The school updates all families when the contact tracking is completed and a decision is made to reopen the school’s facilities for students. We will continue to keep you informed as further updates become available.

More information on coronavirus and schools is available at DHHS and CECV websites.

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