Positive case at Beaconsfield school

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A St Francis Xavier College student from the Beaconsfield campus has tested positive for Covid-19.

In an email sent out to parents on Wednesday night, 8 July, St Francis Xavier College principal Vincent Feeney said the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was investigating a confirmed case of the virus.

It’s understood the senior school student – who does not have siblings attending any of the school’s campuses – was infectious while at school on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June.

All those deemed to be close contacts of the student will be contacted by DHHS.

“The College is liaising closely with Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL), DHHS and the Department of Education regarding this matter,” Mr Feeney said.

“We are strictly following the guidelines provided by these bodies.”

The Diocese of Sale confirmed the Beaconsfield campus would close on Thursday 9 July – except for a separately contained building site – for an environmental clean.

The environment clean concluded on 11 July.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of the College community remains our priority and we commit to continuing to communicate as promptly as possible,” a Diocese of Sale spokesperson said.

“We pray for our student who has coronavirus and all members of the community, as together we face the challenges of this pandemic.”

The Beaconsfield campus reopened on Monday 13 July to a small number of staff to ensure readiness for the return of Year 12 students and Year 11 VCE students studying a VCE Unit 3 and 4 subject on Tuesday 14 July.

All other Year 11 students will be accessing remote learning this week.

An announcement regarding the College’s arrangements for schooling during the period of 20 July to 19 August is yet to be made.