Covid-19: Students at east Auckland’s Macleans College asked to stay at home after staff member tests positive

Abigail Dougherty/StuffA support staff member has tested positive.A staff member at east Auckland’s Macleans College has tested positive for Covid-19. The support staff member had not been in any contact with students, a message on the school’s website stated. All students would return to remote learning for Monday and Tuesday to allow any impacted staff to get tested. Macleans College Principal Steven Hargreaves has been approached for comment. READ MORE:* Covid-19: Some Auckland high schools to continue online learning next week* High schools to host exams on campus, despite Auckland alert level restrictions* Covid-19: Schools want to run managed isolation hotel for international students* Covid-19: Students hit by lockdown offered catch-up classes during holidays On Sunday, the Ministry of Health announced 135 new cases in Auckland, six in Waikato and two in Northland. On October 26, senior students in Covid-19 alert level 3 regions returned to school. Education and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins previously said those students in years 11, 12 and 13 are able to get vaccinated, however they must wear masks on site and on school transport.STUFFCovid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announces year 11, 12 and 13 students in alert level 3 areas will be allowed back at school from Tuesday October 26. Hipkins previously said he was “acutely aware” of the impact Covid-19 restrictions have had on learners, and a return to school meant they could prepare for their end-of-year exams and NCEA assessments. Staff or volunteers working on school premises would need to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test before they returned.Lawrence Smith/StuffSteven Hargreaves preivously said the logic being allowing students back at school was flawed. The Macleans college principal previously told Stuff around 500 year 11 students would return to learning on site from October 26. Years 12 and 13 were already prepared to take NCEA practice exams online next week, so the school would continue with that plan to avoid “thrusting another change upon them”. Having only a portion of eligible students return to school on October 26 was reassuring to teachers and parents, he added. Hargreaves previously said the logic behind allowing students back at school was flawed. “We can’t get a haircut, we can only have 10 people at a tangi, but we can have 500 students on site.” “The community was up in arms about Brian Tamaki [allegedly] having a gathering outdoors at the [Auckland] Domain, yet we’re going to have 60,000 students inside in Auckland every day from now on.” He added that he felt for schools where the community vaccination rates were low.

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