Yass Public School students and staff members have been asked to self-isolate shortly after students returned to classrooms on Monday.
The directives were issued after the NSW Department of Education was advised by NSW Health that a member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19.
School principal Michelle Fahey issued a statement that the school will be non-operational on Tuesday, September 14 for the on-site attendance of students and staff to allow time for contact tracing and cleaning.
"All staff and students are asked to self-isolate until you receive further advice," the statement reads.
"...The NSW Department of Education will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff is maintained.
"The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is of paramount importance to us at all times. As such we will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure that all necessary health advice is adhered to.
"While we recognise this will be disruptive and inconvenient for families, it is important that we follow NSW Health advice and take all necessary precautions to minimise the risk of further transmission to support our community."
On Monday, stay-at-home order were issued for Yass Valley Council area after a COVID-19 positive case was detected. The stay-at-home orders will apply to all those who live in the Yass Valley Council area or have been there on or after September 9.
The new restrictions were introduced from 12.01am Tuesday, September 14 for two weeks.
The Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) was notified of venues of concern associated with the positive COVID case in Yass.
The Yass venues are -
- Yass ALDI - 193 Comur Street Thursday, September 9 from 7am to 2.30pm; Friday, September 10 from 7am to 10am; Saturday, September 11 from 6am to 9am.
- Yass Woolworths - corner Comur and Polding Streets Thursday, September 9 from 6.30pm to 7.15pm; Sunday, September 12 from 8.30am to 9.30am.
- Yass Caltex - 1715 Yass Valley Way Friday, September 10 from 8.30am to 8.35am.
- Yass Dominoes - 63 Laidlaw Street, Saturday, September 11 from 1.10pm to 1.20pm.
- Yass Mobil - 44 Comur Street Friday, September10 from 6.15am to 6.20am.
Venues of concern are regularly updated on the SNSWLHD website.
NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.
There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW and a full list is available here.
If you are eligible, please also come forward for vaccination as soon as possible.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away - don't delay.
- Wash your hands regularly and take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
- Keep your distance and leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
- Wear a mask at all times when outside your home, except when exercising.