Auckland school closing after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

An Auckland secondary school is to close for three days because a staff member has tested positive for Covid-19.
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Photo: Marist College
And the primary school next door, Marist Primary School, is closing as a precaution.
Marist College in Mt Albert has been contacting parents this evening to let them know the school will be closed for a deep clean for the next three days.
The school website says it has 800 students. It is a Catholic school for girls.
Contacts of the staff member were being followed up by the Auckland Regional Public Health service and asked to self isolate, an email from the college said.
Contacts of contacts would not need to self isolate so would be able to return to school after it had reopened, it said.
The staff member was in self isolation within their household.
In a letter to parents, Marist Primary School says it's board made the decision to close because of family links between the two schools and interactions between staff and students.
A skeleton staff would be on board at the primary school for parents who could not make arrangements straight away or for the children of those who were essential workers such as health workers, emergency workers or supermarket and delivery staff, it said.
The school educates 300 children from school entry to year 6, its website says.
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March 21, 2020

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