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COVID-19 Update - 19 March 2020

You will be aware around 150 people were tested for COVID-19 following a student at LPHS testing positive. The majority of these tests have come back already and there were no further cases announced in Dunedin at the lunchtime press conference. 
 
On advice from the Southern District Health Board Logan Park High School will remain closed until Tuesday (Monday being Otago Anniversary Day). The letter to the community from SDHB provides further information
 
Dunedin North Intermediate is still open for students who are well.

The Ministries of Education and Health are working closely with Public Health services in Dunedin and the school leadership to help minimise disruption, progress contact tracing and reduce the possibility of spread.
 
At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres. 
 
Consequently any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.


We are conscious that these are unprecedented times and that some whanau are especially vulnerable and therefore taking additional precautions. While we do understand why people are opting to do this, at this time we are very much snowed under with the additional workload COVID has created and as such individual requests to provide school work for those opting to self isolate as a precaution, rather than a requirement, is beyond our capacity. 

The staff met yesterday afternoon to continue our planning for how to provide work to students if we are required to close and at this time this is our priority. 

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Absences
As you can imagine we have a lot of children off school at present and we thank you for responding to our request to keep sick children at home. We are struggling to get through the messages each morning so if at all possible it would be great if you emailed rather than phoned - office@dni.school.nz

We are required to follow up each and every absence not accounted for so please do communicate each day, or tell us when to expect they will be back if you are planning on a few days. 


The Board of Trustees met last night to having a briefing and make some decisions around upcoming planned activities and around staff safety.
  • Sheree Landrebe Potter is on extended sick leave due to an underlying medical condition that leaves her vulnerable to this virus. We will communicate directly with whanau from room 1 around the reliever once we have this settled.
  • We can now confirm that camp will not proceed this year. Students will hopefully have opportunities for camp experiences later in 2020 during electives. Anyone who has paid already can be refunded or have this payment credited to something else on their school account. 
  • Upcoming parent interviews will go ahead, but likely via telephone. We ask that you use the booking system as planned, but teachers will phone you at the assigned time. 
  • Assemblies and kapa haka have been cancelled for the time being to try and limit sharing/mixing of students across the whole school (we are trying to keep mixing to syndicates only)
  • As per yesterday's Byte - Term 1 sports are also cancelled until further notice
Heidi Hayward - Principal
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