Monday, 21 September 2020
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St Edmunds closed until Monday after COVID case

St Edmunds Boys School in Ipswich will remain temporarily closed as a Year 11 student tested positive to Covid-19 during exam block.

After being advised of the positive case, the school immediately sent parents a letter late Tuesday afternoon stating that as per the recommendation from Queensland Health, the school would remain shut for 48 hours.

“As a result of this confirmed case, the College will close immediately to allow Queensland Health to carry out contact tracing and to allow for special cleaning of our facilities,” the letter said.

Despite the 48-hour time frame, Principal Ray Celegato says the school was unwilling to take any further chances and the decision was made to remain closed until Monday. “We’ve taken the decision to actually deep clean the entire campus,” he said.

It is understood the student attended school on Friday and has a direct link to the cluster at Ipswich Hospital and son of a health worker who also recently tested positive to the virus.

Mr Celegato said the risk of transmission was low.

“The number of students that are likely to have been exposed is low.

“We’re fortunate in that we were in Year 11 exam block and the student was only coming in for exams.”

Ipswich resident and parent of a St Edmunds student, Phil Daley says although the virus within the school community was a concern, he was impressed with how quickly the school responded, notified parents and adapted to the situation.

“I think the school’s done the best they can with what’s going on,” he said.

“Their first priority is always ‘Eddies Brothers’. The boys come first and then they let parents know what happens.”

The Catholic boys school remains in close contact with Queensland Health and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority to further strategise and support Year 11’s and 12’s through their crucial exam period.

“We’re looking at rescheduling exams,” Mr Celegato said.

“We don’t want our boys to be disadvantaged.”