Tangara School for Girls in Sydney closes after COVID-19 spreads through staff | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

A high school in Sydney’s north-west has closed for the rest of the week after reporting one third of its staff had tested positive to COVID-19.

Tangara School for Girls, in Cherrybrook, today informed parents it made the “difficult decision” to move years 7 to 11 to remote learning until Friday or “until further notice”.

In a letter shared with Nine Radio, the school stated only one student case was currently known but this measure would “avoid the risk of further transmission”.

The rest of the school remains open, including admin and primary classes, it says.

“Over the weekend one-third of our secondary staff have tested positive to COVID-19 placing pressure on teaching, supervision and operational needs at our school,” the letter states.

It goes on to say one secondary student had tested positive, and encourage parents to test their children if they develop symptoms.

Tangara said it received “prudent” advice from NSW Health and the Association of Independent Schools before the decision was made.

“We also want to assure you that these decisions are never made lightly,” the letter says.

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