COVID has impacted at least one other Ballarat school with most students from Phoenix P-12 Community College back to remote learning after a positive COVID case within the school community.
Alfredton and Delacombe primary schools were both closed last week with Alfredton recording eight COVID cases including one child who had to be hospitalised.
In a message to parents on Sunday night, Phoenix principal Karen Snibson said contact tracing was underway and all year seven to 12 students were to remain at home on Monday and complete remote learning.
A person who tested positive attended school on October 11 and 12.
Prep to grade two students were permitted to return to their Redan Campus while only vulnerable students and those of essential service workers in grade three to six would be on site as per the staggered return to school.
Reported yesterday: 1,903 new local cases and 0 cases acquired overseas.— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) October 17, 2021
- 32,405 vaccines administered
- 69,825 test results received
- Sadly, 7 people with COVID-19 have died
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Woodmans Hill Secondary College also reported a case last week with year nine students asked to get tested over the weekend.
Alfredton Primary School reopened on Monday following a week-long closure for deep cleaning and contact tracing, but only a handful of staff and students were back on campus.
Students in prep, grade one and two are still in quarantine having been deemed primary close contacts after a child with COVID attended on October 7 and 8, as well as many staff.
Dozens of children from other year levels who were also on site for supervision of remote learning are also still in quarantine, while those in grades three to six will be back at school two days this week for their staggered return to the classroom.
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Delacombe Primary, which was closed Friday, had a scheduled curriculum day on Monday but principal Scott Phillips confirmed in a letter to parents on Sunday that the school would reopen as planned on Tuesday, and outside school hours care would run for pupils needing care during curriculum day.
It comes as the state recorded 1903 new COVID cases and seven deaths in the 24 hours to midnight Sunday.
On Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced an easing of restrictions that will see all students at regional schools return to full-time face-to-face classes from Friday.
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