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23 July 2020
St Brigid's College students in Horsham will return to remote learning for the next fortnight in response to one of its students testing positive to COVID-19 this week.
Principal Peter Gutteridge told parents in an email that students were scheduled to return to face-to-face learning at the school on August 10.
"The college has been closed today and tomorrow so that a deep clean can be completed of the whole school," he said.
"Once this deep clean has been completed the Department of Health and Human Services will grant permission for St Brigid’s to reopen.
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"Until this permission has been received from the DHHS, no staff member or student is permitted to be on the grounds of St Brigid’s College.
"Contact tracing continues to be undertaken and the DHHS will advise those identified as a close contact to our student of the process that will need to be followed.
“Close contacts will be asked to self-isolate to help limit the spread of the virus, even if they do not have symptoms.
"All our students will move to remote learning for the next two weeks, Monday, July 27 to Friday, August 7 with a full return to face-to-face teaching on Monday, August 10.
“Whilst this case is very concerning for our community, this is a time for us to band together and support those who are most vulnerable. Please look out for each other.
“It’s more important than ever to practise physical distancing and wear an appropriate mask when this is not possible.
"For the good of our community, please maintain high standards of hand hygiene, continue working from home if possible and get tested for even mild symptoms, including cough, fever, and sore throat.