The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has confirmed that a student at Point Cook Senior Secondary College has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Below is a communication from Christopher Mooney the Principal of Point Cook Senior Secondary College:
Following advice from DHHS Point Cook Senior Secondary College will now close from Friday 24 JULY for 72 hours initially.
The school will be closed to all students, staff and members of the community.
This means that even the following categories of students are not able to attend school, until I advise you differently:
- students in years 11 and 12
- students in Year 10 for VCE or VCAL classes
- students who are not able to be supervised at home and when no other arrangements can be made – including children whose parents cannot work from home, vulnerable children and children with a disability.
All staff will work from home during this time also.
While our school is closed, the school will be providing remote learning to all students.
This closure will allow time for the school and DHHS to undertake a full risk assessment. The closure will also allow appropriate cleaning of the school site to occur on the recommendation of DHHS.
DHHS has advised that all our students and staff are requested to remain at home while contact tracing occurs. If you are identified as being a close contact, DHHS will be in contact to discuss the appropriate next steps, including testing.
I am very aware that this is a time of heightened anxiety for us all. The people best placed to answer your questions are the DET staff who are supporting us. You can contact them on the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663. If you call them, please be clear that you are calling in relation to Point Cook Senior Secondary College and they will provide as much information as they are able.
For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret.
For health advice in other languages visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.
We wish our student a speedy recovery.
Thank you for your support, and I will provide any further information as soon as I receive any updates.