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More than 50 public school employees have not completed the vaccination, as several Tuggeranong schools are dealing with COVID-19 exposure. Despite having COVID-19 cases attended the campus in recent days, St Anthony’s Parish Primary School in Wanniassa, Gordon Primary School and Wanniassa School senior campus have remained open for those not considered close contacts. Meanwhile, Wanniassa School’s junior campus group stands at 26 cases at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The campus will remain closed on Friday and a pop-up test site was opened in the school hall on Thursday. An ACT Health spokesman said previous investigations had found that one case linked to the cluster was also present at the South Canberra Gymnastics Center in Wanniassa. This was listed as a close contact site on Saturday morning. Education Director General Katy Haire told the investigation into the ACT treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic that 28 teachers, 22 non-teachers and two school principals did not provide proof of vaccination in accordance with the health directive. Four of those staff members were on leave so the board had to find an alternative job for 48 of the 52 staff members. This included being moved to a high school or college where the mandate did not apply or finding other work in elementary schools that would not require direct contact with unvaccinated children. Earlier in the week, the Education Board refused to give the number of school employees who had to be redeployed as a result of the mandate, claiming it would violate the privacy of those employees. READ MORE: Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn director Ross Fox said ACT Health has applied a better grain approach to risk assessment at the St Anthony Parish Elementary School exhibition. “In this case, there was one class and teachers who were present in the classroom for more than half an hour,” Mr. Fox said. ACT Health considers the use of masks, vaccine status, the length of time spent inside with the infectious person, and the time spent doing more risky activities, such as sports, singing, or playing instruments. Cleaning requirements have also been narrowed to include high-impact areas where the positive case spent time, rather than deep cleaning of the entire campus. These changes have allowed St Anthony’s senior campus, Gordon Primary and Wanniassa School to remain open this week. St Anthony’s assistant principal Michael Bradley said students need consistency, and many were happy the entire campus wasn’t closed. “It’s not good for the kids to hack and change, get in and out of locks,” he said. “The government [is] trying to keep schools open and as stable as possible. And most of our kids today were very happy to see their friends again. “Mr Bradley said the school had toilets installed, students were socially separated and separated through pods, all teachers were double-vaccinated and wearing masks.” training. all children should also do these things because it is a part of life nowadays and it could stay that long, “he said. Mr Fox said COVID safety measures and higher vaccinations would keep children in classrooms.” We hope, if there is a case, that attending school while unknowingly infectious will hopefully not result in the closure of the school, “he said. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trustworthy content:

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