This afternoon the parents of a year-12 student at St Brigid’s College have notified the school of a positive result for COVID-19.
Following the protocol provided by the Department of Education and Catholic Education Office Ballarat, I have made contact with the DHHS who will now confirm the diagnosis and advise on the next precautionary steps to ensure that appropriate contract tracing and deep cleaning of the school is completed.
As a safety measure, I would like to advise that for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, the school will be open for onsite learning and teaching only for the children of essential workers and for students who are vulnerable.
I am anticipating that the Department of Health and Human Services will outline any need for school closures beyond tomorrow.
This reduced onsite presence will allow time for the school and the DHHS to work through a contact and containment strategy for the school, including identifying and notifying any person who has been in close recent contact with the affected student.
Affected students, their families and school staff will be notified by the DHHS, hopefully over the next 24 hours, and supported to ensure they understand what actions to take.
Any families that are concerned about their child’s wellbeing should follow the advice of their medical practitioner and the Wimmera Health Care Group testing clinic which can be contacted on 5362 3474.
All students are asked to be mindful of their movements over the next few days and to follow the usual social-distancing and hygiene protocols.
I understand this news can be unsettling and 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 will update all families once the contact tracing has been completed and a decision about school operations has been reached.
I will continue to keep you informed as further updates become available. At this point, the intention is to re-open St Brigid’s on Thursday, July 23 unless otherwise advised.
More information regarding coronavirus and schools is available on the DHHS and CECV websites.
St Brigid’s College