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Melbourne students test positive to coronavirus forcing school closure

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All students and staff have been ordered to stay at home while the school is cleaned and contact tracing begins.

A school in Melbourne's south-east will be closed today after two students tested positive to coronavirus.

All staff and students of Pakenham Springs Primary School are being told to stay at home with no on-site learning to take place.

The school will now undergo a thorough cleaning while contact tracing will get underway to try and determine how the students became infected with COVID-19.

In an email to parents and carers, seen by nine.com.au, acting principal Renee Cotterell confirmed the two students are from the same family.

"I understand this news may be concerning," Ms Cotterell wrote in the email.

"I want to assure you we are strictly following the public health advice of DHHS [Department of Health and Human Services] to ensure the safety of all staff and students."

The school will be closed for 24 hours initially, Ms Cotterell confirmed.

All students and staff who had close contact with the infected students are now being contacted and provided with the appropriate support.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-melbourne-students-test-positive-to-covid19-pakenham-springs-primary-school-closed/862e8f08-f632-486c-b3f8-c27b9d86fb2c

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