Camden High School reopens after student tests positive for COVID-19

Reopened: Camden High School is back in action after it was closed last week due to a year 7 student testing positive for COVID-19. Picture: Simon Bennett
Reopened: Camden High School is back in action after it was closed last week due to a year 7 student testing positive for COVID-19. Picture: Simon Bennett

Students returned to Camden High School today after a child tested positive for the coronavirus last week.

The school was closed on Friday, June 26 after the Department of Education was advised by NSW Health that a year 7 student had been diagnosed with the virus.

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves took to Facebook to announce that the school would be closed for staff and students while contact tracing was under way.

He said the school would be cleaned prior to students returning.

"The school will continue to support students with at home learning arrangements while the school site is non-operational," he said.

"NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or has flu like symptoms to be tested at one of the COVID-19 clinics. Only students who are unwell with a fever or respiratory symptoms such as a sore throat or cough need to be tested."

Camden High School's principal Melinda Brady announced via the school's Facebook page that staff had been instructed to put course work online for every subject in every year so that learning could continue, regardless of whether students were at school or at home.

She said senior classes would continue as normal however junior classes may need to be combined.

"I want to personally thank this wonderful community that I have the privilege of working with," Ms Brady said.

"The staff have been amazing in their unified approach and their unrelenting commitment to the students and the show of support from our parent community has been nothing short of amazing.

"It makes me proud to be part of such a great community.

"Our school motto 'together we achieve' has never been more accurate and is such an appropriate sentiment.

"Thank you again for your ongoing support, resilience and understanding."

This is the second school in the Macarthur region to close after a student tested positive.

Earlier this year Warragamba Public School was forced to shut its doors after a student tested positive.

Several other schools across the state have had to close temporarily due to positive coronavirus test results including Lane Cove West Public School, Moriah College, Laguna Street Public School, Riverview, Rose Bay Public School, Waverley College and St Ignatius College.

A Covid-19 testing clinic has been set up at Camden Hospital, 61 Menangle Road, Camden.

Testing is also available at Campbelltown Hospital at Therry Road, Campbelltown, located between the Clinical School and Building D.

For more information, visit: health.nsw.gov.au.