School shut after positive test

CLEANERS were brought in to St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School at Panania as students and staff were locked out on Monday and Tuesday following a Covid-19 scare.

A spokesperson for the school said they would advise parents as soon as students were able to return to classes.
The temporary shut down was ordered as a precautionary measure after a participant at a professional development event hosted by the school on Thursday, tested positive to the virus.
The event was also attended by participants from the public and independent schools sector and Sydney Catholic Schools executive director, Tony Farley, said the infected person was not a teacher at St Christopher’s primary or any other Sydney Catholic School.
He said the parents, students and staff impacted were informed of the temporary shut-down on Sunday afternoon and while the risk is low, Sydney Catholic Schools were leaving nothing to chance.
“Closing a school, even for just one day, may seem to be an extraordinary measure but we are living in extraordinary times,” Mr Farley said.
“We have been liaising closely with NSW Health which advises the risk of staff or student exposure is minimal.
“That said, we want to take all possible precautions to ensure the continued health and safety of our school community.
“As a result, we have decided to close the school for one day to enable a thorough hygiene sweep.
“We have also asked those teachers who attended Thursday’s event to get tested and self-isolate as a precaution.”
The closure and precautionary self-isolation also gives NSW Health the opportunity to trace anyone who may have had contact with the infected person and conduct the appropriate testing.