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St Michael's School closed for cleaning and contract tracing


St Michael's Catholic Primary School in Nowra has been closed for deep cleaning and contract tracing after school community member who visited there on Monday tested positive to COVID-19.

Parents were this morning contacted and asked to take students home until further notice, however the school offered supervision for students unable to return home early.

A note sent to parents said the school would be non-operational for onsite learning until further notice, and no student was to attend the site.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Education Office's Wollongong Diocese said school staff were working closely with health officials to determine whether people were close or casual contacts, and the appropriate steps for each person to take.

The office is advising parents to follow all directions given by NSW Health on whether testing and isolation is required.

This was spelled out in the letter sent to parents today.

"While the school is closed, NSW Public Health Unit representatives will provide specialist advice and identify students and staff who have been in close contact with the identified cases," the letter stated.

"Given the present situation we expect this to be a relatively small number, however those identified as close or casual contacts will be contacted.

"We understand that some measures of other school communities in our diocese may have family or other connections with our school community and they will be contacted directly by the Public Health Unit as appropriate."

The spokesperson said the Diocese had already been through the same process with other schools in the region, and to date the schools had been closed for only a day or two.

However he said they would be guided by health advice.

"We've got a good system in place, and we were well prepared for this," he said.

Image: St Michael's Catholic Primary School

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