COVID forces closures


A FRANKSTON primary school and early learning centre had to shut last week after they were linked to positive COVID-19 cases.

Overport Primary School was shut on 20 July after a COVID-19 case was identified within the school. The Hope Early Learning Centre in Frankston Heights shut earlier that week after an educator tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement on the Hope ELC Facebook page read “we would like to inform you that our Hope Frankston Heights, Robinia Street Centre has been temporarily closed from Thursday 16th of July due to an educator testing positive to coronavirus.”

“The educator was last in the centre Friday the 10th of July. We wish to advise that the educator at no time attended our other centres nor does she have children or family members at any of our other centres.

“We are working closely with The Department of Health and Human Services to assist with contact tracing and deep cleaning the centre ready to reopen when possible. So far, all staff, families and children that have been tested and received their results have had them return negative.”

A statement released by Overport Primary School on social media read “as you will all be aware by now, COVID 19 infection has been identified within our school. This is being dealt with at the highest level and we are being advised daily on recommendations for safe and effective management.”

“When I receive any information that may impact personally on the health and wellbeing of your children and family I will be in contact with you directly. Please rest assured that everything to make our school safe for a return is being undertaken. In the meantime, I ask you not to speculate, as incorrect information passed to our community can cause undue stress and alarm.

“We will continue to keep you advised about the management of the situation and look forward to the reopening of the school as soon as it is safe to do.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 27 July 2020

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