Spike in covid cases for school staff

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Ashburton College has returned to a temporary home learning roster after an increase in covid cases among staff.

Ashburton College has seen a renewed spike in covid cases among staff and is again rostering students home, starting tomorrow and running for one week.

Following this week the rostering home will be reviewed every two days.

The rostering home will see Year 12 students learning from home tomorrow (May 19), Year 13 learning from home on Friday (May 20).

Next week Year 9 students – including Kōhanga students, learning from home on Monday (May 23), Year 11 learning from home on Tuesday (May 24) and Year 10 students – including Kōhanga students, learning from home next Wednesday (May 25).

Te Whare Manaaki will remain open as usual.

College principal Ross Preece said the decision to return to a home roster ‘‘has not been taken lightly and is in response to an acute staffing shortage that has emerged very quickly.’’

He said students would have access to work for completion via Google Classrooms, or hard copy, for their scheduled days home.

‘‘Keeping up to date is vitally important so students can attain the credits as NZQA have indicated they will not be offering learning recognition credits as they have done over the last two years,’’ he said.

External courses such as Gateway, Ara and work placements would still run as per usual even if it was a rostered day off.

Senior students may be able to come on site and work with available staff if pre-arranged, he said.