Hundreds of Victorian senior school students have been forced into isolation after they returned to their schoolgrounds yesterday for the GAT examination.
At least four students who sat the test have since received positive test results for Covid.
All four students were reportedly waiting for the results of asymptomatic COVID-19 tests when they went to school for the exam.
The positive cases have meant hundreds of Year 12 students in Melbourne were unable to return to school today as planned following weeks of learning from home.
In Melbourne’s west, Point Cook Senior Secondary College was closed for cleaning today after one of the infected students was on campus yesterday.
Roxburgh College in Melbourne’s north-west was also closed.
Aquinas College in Melbourne’s east was closed today as a precaution after a student’s family member tested positive.
The Victorian government has this afternoon confirmed that all schools attended by the four infected students have today been cleaned and will be cleared to reopen over the evening.
They are still awaiting test results for the student.
The incidents come after students sitting the GAT were “strongly encouraged” to get tested for the virus before the exam if they were in hotspot local government areas, including Brimbank, Casey, Darebin, Hume, Melton, Moreland, Whittlesea and Wyndham.
About 8000 students were tested ahead of the exam, with 33 returning positive tests before yesterday and unable to attend school to sit the exam.