A STUDENT at Mount Scopus College has tested positive to COVID-19 as the easing of restrictions saw school gates flung open for our Jewish schools on Wednesday.
In a letter sent to parents on Tuesday, Mount Scopus principal Rabbi James Kennard said the student has been isolating, and had previously received a negative test result.
“The DHHS has confirmed that Mount Scopus is not an exposure site and there is no risk to any student or staff,” he wrote.
“This is a very stressful time for the student and their family and the Scopus community will not want to add to their difficulties,” he added, before wishing the student a speedy recovery.
The return to the classroom for Jewish schools, including Mount Scopus, follows two weeks of at-home learning.
Understanding the difficulty students have faced and the “newfound respect” parents have gained for “our fantastic teachers and school administrators,” JCCV president Daniel Aghion said the roof body is “relieved that students are returning to face to face learning”.
“We sincerely hope that this will be the last occasion of remote learning,” he added.
Over the past two weeks, numerous exposure sites have popped up around Caulfield and its surrounding suburbs.
Caulfield MP David Southwick thanked community members who isolated after visiting an exposure site.
“Lockdown five has been difficult for many families, schools and small businesses. As we approach the high holy days, hopefully the rules will allow us to attend synagogues and spend this important time with our families,” he said.
On the weekend, Melbourne marked a total of six months in lockdown since April last year.