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Parents frantic as school worker tests positive

PARENTS have been left reeling after one staff member at an inner-city out of school hours care was diagnosed with coronavirus and another is being tested.

In a letter emailed to parents and guardians of children at Bulimba State School's OSHC, president David Pich yesterday said two staff members have self-quarantined and were following the strict advice of Queensland Health.

Two vague letters sent to the state school and the OSHC community left parents frantically trying to piece together information to find out if their children were at risk.

"This is my daughter's school. So glad we kept her home this past week," a parent on social media said.

Bulimba State School. Picture: File
Bulimba State School. Picture: File


It also caused confusion for early morning voters yesterday, with the school overnight closed and no longer a polling booth location for punters in the northeast suburb on the southern side of the river.

The letters to parents said the school was working with Queensland Health and the Department of Education, following their advice.


"We are working with Queensland Health in support of contact tracing and any other students or community members who are required to self-quarantine will be contacted by the local public health unit directly," Mr Pich said.

He said the news served as a "critical reminder for us all" and "particularly for children" to wash their hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser; and practice social distancing.

Parents were left wondering how thorough contact tracing could be in a school environment and why more information was not shared in the interest of public health.



A Department of Education spokesman said it was anticipated the school would open from Monday for children of essential workers to attend as usual.

"Queensland Health is now undertaking contact tracing and as a matter of further precaution the school will be closed for deep cleaning by specialists on Saturday 28 March.

"The school will continue to liaise closely with Queensland Health and follow its advice in relation to any actions it needs to take to minimise any risks to students and staff."



A Queensland Health spokeswoman said they could not provide further information on individual cases of coronavirus due to the sheer number of cases in Queensland.

"Should the public need to know additional details for public health purposes, we will issue a public health alert, and enlist the help of the media to get the message out," she said.

Originally published as Parents frantic as Bulimba school worker tests positive


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