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Our rostering home schedule will continue next week (week 7 of term) so that we can maintain on-site learning for the 75% to 80% of our student population still able to attend. The rostering home programme enables a pool of teachers to be available to cover the classes of those teachers who are isolating or Covid positive. As I write this, 31 teachers are in this category – 15 positive cases and 16 isolating. In school student attendance is 76% – 19% of student absences Covid related, 5% other reasons.
The rostering home schedule for week 7 is:
Monday March 14th: Year 11
Tuesday 15th: Year 12
Wednesday 16th: Year 9
Thursday 17th: Year 10
Friday 18th: Year 11
Please see the information below for changes that will be in effect from Saturday 12 March in relation to isolation requirements:
Cases of COVID-19
Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven days.
Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the test was taken (whichever came first). Cases will isolate for a full seven days and are free to return to normal activities on Day 8, if they are not symptomatic.
Household contacts are required to isolate for the same seven days as the case.
They can return to their normal activities on the same day as the first case in their household, so long as all test results have been negative, and they are not symptomatic.
Household contacts should continue to self-monitor for symptoms up to Day 10.
Household contacts will be required to take a self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT) on Day 3 and Day 7 of the case’s isolation period.
If symptoms develop at any time during isolation:
- the usual advice remains in place to undertake an additional RAT
- if the test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again 48 hours after that negative test
- if symptoms resolve there is no need for a further test until the required Day 7 test. If this is negative, they can return to daily life on Day 8.
If a household contact has new symptoms on the day of release:
- they should undertake an additional RAT and stay at home while unwell
- if that test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again after 48 hours. If symptoms resolve, there is no need for a further test.
If a household contact has finished their period of isolation they do not need to return to isolation if a new case is identified in their household.
Supporting students and staff to return to school
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate past seven days under public health regulations, but they should not return to school if they are still feeling unwell.
All the best,