While Orange schools will remain open after the city was plunged into lockdown at midnight on Tuesday, James Sheahan Catholic High School has asked students to stay home where possible.
In a letter to parents and carers, school principal Peter Meers said the school will "vary" the general instruction for schools to remain operational after a number of students were identified as secondary contacts to infectious people.
The Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst issued instructions that schooling continue to operate as normal, with staff and students wearing masks and an adherence to social distancing, however for at least the next two days, due to the impact of secondary close contacts, students at James Sheahan have been asked to stay home.
"We have a number of students and staff who have been identified as close contacts to infectious individuals as a result of having visited shops and businesses in specific times identified by NSW Health," Mr Meers said.
"Secondary contacts are required to isolate and get tested and not return to work until they have a negative result.
"For the next two days due to a large number of staff needing to get tested and isolate until negative result are received we ask parents to keep their children at home unless they are students of essential workers and/or cannot remain at home due to lack of adequate care provision."
Classes will not run as normal, with limited staff at school.
Mr Meers said he hoped normal lessons would resume on Friday but an update to parents and carers will be provided in the next two days.
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