Meridan State College is closed for cleaning after a
Meridan State College is closed for cleaning after a "person associated with the school" tested positive to coronavirus. Photo: Patrick Woods

More in quarantine after teacher's shock coronavirus news

TWO other staff members at Meridan State College are in self quarantine as a precaution after a Prep teacher tested positive to coronavirus yesterday.

The school is closed today for a deep clean and parents were advised last night of the positive test result.

The Daily understands the patient is a Prep teacher at the College who is currently self isolating with her husband.

Queensland Health performed contact tracing and advised the school no students had been identified as having close contact with the woman.

Meridan State College is closed for cleaning today. Photo: Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily
Meridan State College is closed for cleaning today. Photo: Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily

Executive principal Kerri Jones said in a letter to parents and staff the other staff members, both teachers in the primary campus, were not showing any signs of the illness.

"This is reassuring news for our school community and gives staff, students and families confidence about the holiday break," she said.

"I would like to sincerely thank our school community member for their quick action to self-isolate, get tested and to keep our school informed.

"This has allowed us to take swift action and we encourage all school community members to continue to act in a protective and proactive manner."

Ms Jones said specialist cleaners had attended the campus on Friday morning to commence extra cleaning activities as a further precaution.

It's understood a prior email was sent to parents and teachers on Thursday advising them that a teacher was undergoing tests.

A Queensland Department of Education spokeswoman said the confirmed patient was in self-quarantine and was following the advice of authorities, however would not confirm what relationship the patient had to the school.

The Daily's questions to the department, including what relationship the patient had to the school and if they had contact with students, went largely unanswered.

Instead a statement was released saying the school would "continue to liaise closely with Queensland Health and follow its advice in relation to any actions it need to take to minimise any risks to students and staff".

As news spread of the positive test result, parents were quick to praise Meridan State College for its swift response and communications.

It comes as teachers across Queensland prepare for the possibility of remote learning in Term 2.

This week schools were made "student-free" as coronavirus safety measures increased. Children of essential workers were still allowed to attend.

According to the latest Queensland Health figures released yesterday, the region's total confirmed COVID-19 cases have now risen to 82, with three being recorded on Thursday.


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