Sydney private school forced to shut after student tests positive to COVID-19

A prestigious private boys school in Sydney has been forced to close after a student tested positive for coronavirus.

St Ignatius’ College Riverview confirmed the news in an email, which was sent out to staff and parents on Wednesday.

“We wish to advise you that the college has been informed by NSW health that a student has tested positive for COVID-19,” the email reads.


“The school will be non-operation to the onsite attendance of staff and students while the school conducts contact tracing and is cleaned.”

All boarding school students at the school have been told to return to their boarding houses, while the school is organising transport arrangements for day students to leave immediately.

“Staff and students who are identified as close contacts will be contacted and advised they should self-isolate for the required period of time,” principal Dr Paul Hine said.

“The safety and wellbeing of staff and students is our key priority at all times, as such we will continue to work closely with NSW health to ensure that all necessary health advice is adhered to.”

It’s understood the positive virus case is a Year 12 student, however this has not been confirmed.