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Sydney primary school evacuated over COVID case

A western Sydney primary school has been evacuated after a student tested positive to coronavirus.Parents and carers were asked to collect their children from Girraween Public School, near Blacktown, on Tuesday afternoon after the case was confirmed.Parents and their children were seen leaving the school with haste, some of them choosing to wear masks while…

A western Sydney primary school has been evacuated after a student tested positive to coronavirus.

Parents and carers were asked to collect their children from Girraween Public School, near Blacktown, on Tuesday afternoon after the case was confirmed.

Parents and their children were seen leaving the school with haste, some of them choosing to wear masks while making the run.

A Department of Education spokesman said in a statement the school would be closed while contact tracing was under way.

“We request that parents and carers who have students attending Camp Australia OOSH this afternoon make arrangements to come and collect their children,” a message sent to parents read.

“Staff will remain at the school while students are being collected.”

The school will be closed on Wednesday as it undergoes a deep clean and the contact tracing process is completed. The out-of-hours centre, or Camp Australia OOSH, will also be closed.

“While we recognise this will be disruptive and inconvenient for many families, it is important that we follow NSW Health advice and take all necessary precautions to minimise the risk of further transmission to support our community,” the message read.

While Wednesday’s closure is definite, parents have been advised more information on when the school would reopen will not be provided until Wednesday.

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