On Tuesday, Napier’s largest co-ed high school, Taradale High announced their students will be temporarily learning from home (on Wednesday the 6th through Friday the 18th) after five new Covid cases were discovered amongst pupils (the first announced on Friday the 11th).
The school’s website noted: “Families of students who are identified as school contacts will be informed by email later by the end of the day tomorrow, Wednesday 16th February. If you are symptomatic or become symptomatic, please isolate, get tested and let the school know.”
Meantime, EIT was advised of a confirmed case on Saturday and has decided to stay open, posting on its website: “The Hawkes Bay Campus remains open, and classes (apart from those impacted) will resume as per normal this week.”
Adding: “EIT’s Contact Tracing team has been initiated and working closely with Public Health and TEC. We have identified and been in contact with close and casual contacts. [The school is not considered a location of interest because all close contacts have been identified.]
And reminding students:
- Remember to wear your face coverings.
- Bring your vaccine pass when coming to EIT. [This would seem to be a relevant difference between the two schools.]
- Continue to scan using the NZ COVID-19 Tracer app, have Bluetooth turned on.
- Maintain physical distancing, wash your hands, and cough into elbow.
- Regularly check for locations of interest.
- Monitor for symptoms. If any develop, self-isolate and get tested immediately. Do not come to EIT if you are sick.
- Get your booster as you become eligible.
Every school in Hawke’s Bay will probably need to cross this bridge. What do you think of these two responses?