Covid exposure forces school to close

Clyde Primary School was forced to close on Friday. 258770_01 Picture: UNSPLASHED

By Marcus Uhe

Clyde Primary School has been forced to close on Friday, 19 November due to a Covid scare.

Principal Michelle Mackenlay informed the school community on Thursday night that the entire school had to close.

“We regret to inform our school community the whole school will be closed tomorrow, Friday 19 November, due to Covid-19,” Mackenlay told parents and students in an email on Thursday.

“We will send further communication tomorrow morning, by 10am, including some tasks for students that you may wish to complete.”

Star News contacted the school on Friday morning, who chose not to comment.

The details of the exposure have not been publicised.

It comes as restrictions eased for Victorians overnight in conjunction with hitting the 90 per cent vaccination target and reaching Phase D of the National Plan.

Masks are still required for primary school staff and visitors and for students in Years three to six, for workers serving the public at hospitality venues, for workers and customers at indoor retail, for visitors and select workers in hospitals or care facilities, and for people using public transport, taxi and rideshare services and planes.

Workplaces, schools and childcare facilities will be required to identify and inform staff and students who are contacts of a positive case, once the case identifies themselves to their workplace.

However from 11.59pm Thursday night, the vast majority of people who come into contact with a confirmed positive case outside their home won’t have to self-quarantine.

These contacts will be required to get a Covid test and isolate until they get a negative result.