Kyabram Free Press

P-12 College stays open

- By Rohan Aldous

Kyabram P-12 College stayed open on Friday despite five teachers and 24 students being forced to isolate after being identified as close contacts of a student who had tested positive to COVID-19.

The quick action of the college to identify close contacts meant the facility operated as normal on Friday, despite the positive case having only been reported on Thursday (October 28).

Kyabram P-12 College acting principal Kate Whitford said she had informed parents of the positive case after being contacted by GV Health.

“We were able to identify 24 close contacts: 21 from the student’s class and five teachers,” she said.

“All the teachers have since tested negative. I haven’t heard from students as yet.”

The Covid-19-positive student had been kept at home since October 20, the day after the potential contact with teachers and other students, by her parents.

“One of the student’s parents was sick, and has since tested positive to COVID, so she kept the student home,” Mrs Whitford said.

The college had a pupil-free day on Monday and with the public holiday on Tuesday it has given students more time to receive their test results.

No Year 12 students, who are currently involved in exams, were affected by the positive case.

“The pupil-free day was planned before this incident. It really only affected Friday for the staff members,” Mrs Whitford said.

The five staff members will return to school today.

Mrs Whitford said the Friday attendance at the school had not been affected by the COVID case.

“The next day our attendance was really good, despite the message going out Thursday night,” she said.

“The community was confident in the school’s ability to manage the situation.

“I sent the message out to every parent informing them the school would be run as normal on the Friday.”

Moama Public School was forced to shut down for one day after a positive case at the school.

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