Following the identification of additional positive COVID-19 cases in students, two more classes at Prospect Primary School, one class at John Gray High School and one class at Triple C will switch to remote learning on Monday, 4 Oct.
As per a new COVID protocol for schools, students in classes that have more than one case of COVID-19 have to self-isolate together with their families for 14 days.
All four classes on Friday only had one student testing positive, but subsequent testing found further cases.
The exact number has yet to be announced.
The classes are Year 9WJ at John Gray High School, Year 3-O and Year 5-L at Prospect Primary School, and Year 9–1 at Triple C.
Year 6-H at Prospect Primary already had to isolate last week, following two positive cases, and will continue remote learning.
The schools will contact parents by email on Sunday, 3 Oct., with further details, the Ministry and the Department of Education Services said in a public notice.
The new protocol for handling confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools states that, in the event of a confirmed case in a class/year group (student or teacher):
- The case will be isolated with their household and retested on Day 15;
- The classroom(s) and common areas will be sanitised in the evening/night.
- The entire class/year group will be tested, and lessons will continue in school.
If additional cases are identified in the testing, the entire class or year group, and members of their households will be required to isolate.