COVID-19 Updates

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Update Saturday 5 March 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Due to the significant number of student and staff absences at the Rural Campus, we have made the decision to close the campus for boarding and face-to-face learning. We will move to online learning for all students on Tuesday, 8 March. This means the following:

Online Learning

• We will revert to an Home Learning timetable until Monday, 14 March.

• Please note: Monday, 7 March is Mid-Term break and Monday, 14 March is a school wide Teacher Only Day, hence there is no instruction on these days.

• Teachers will be connecting with your son on a daily basis via Zoom and all content and work expectations will be on Google Classroom.

• A Rural Campus Assembly on Tuesday, 8 March, at 9.30am will help communicate the expectations for the week. It is important that your son attends.

Return to School and Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT)

Boys who are symptom-free and not household contacts are expected to return to school on Monday evening, 14 March. Boys are required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test, producing a negative result, before returning to boarding. We will provide further details on this next week, including return to school arrangements on Monday evening.

Weekly Notes

There will be no student Weekly Notes next week and you will be informed when weekly notes will resume.
 

Update Tuesday 1 March 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Due to the significant number of student absences at the Junior Campus, we have made the decision to close the campus for face-to-face learning and move to online learning for all students from tomorrow, Wednesday 2 March.

This means the following:

Online Learning

• We will revert to an online timetable for the remainder of the week.

• Teachers will be connecting with your son daily via Google Meet and all content and work expectations will be on Google Classroom.

• There is an instructional video on Year 7 and Year 8 Google Classroom for the boys to watch regarding key elements of online learning.
 

Students remaining at school

• There will be provision for those parents who require their son to remain in boarding during this week. Please note, they will be supervised in a classroom and also engaged in online learning, as outlined above.

• Please collect your son from his boarding house, making sure to contact his House Leader or Matron.

• Please email Peter Vos at p.vos@dilworth.school.nz if you wish your son to remain in boarding.
 

Return to School and Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT)

Students who are symptom-free and not household contacts are expected to return to school on Monday evening, 7th March following mid-term break. Students are required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test, producing a negative result, before returning to boarding. We will provide further details on this later in the week, including return to school arrangements on Monday evening.


Weekly Notes

There will be no student Weekly Notes this week and you will be informed when weekly notes will resume.

 

Update Friday 25 February 2022

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

As you are aware we closed the Senior Campus on Wednesday 23rd February, reverting to online learning from that date, as there were some positive COVID cases amongst the student body and a number of students who were presenting as symptomatic. We initially signalled that we would return to school and boarding on the evening of Monday 28th February.

Since then, our nursing and pastoral care teams have been in touch with many of our families. COVID is affecting many families, with reasonable numbers identified as close contacts or household contacts and some who have COVID. A number of the students who went home symptomatic are still yet to receive their test results.

On balance we have determined that the best course of action is for the Senior Campus to remain closed for in person face-to-face learning from Tuesday 1st March through Friday 4th March. Please note that the Junior and Rural Campuses are not affected and will remain open. The Senior Campus will be observing the mid-term break on Monday 28th February as previously communicated. Mid-Term Break for both the Junior and Rural Campuses will be (Saturday 5 to Monday 7 March) with students returning to boarding on Monday evening 7thMarch.

This extra week of online learning at the Senior Campus gives us the necessary time to secure enough Rapid Antigen Tests for us to ensure that every student is tested when he returns to school. More detail on this process will be communicated next week.

Parents of students who must travel a significant distance are advised to get their son tested prior to leaving home. This is to save unnecessary travel and related inconveniences for families. These students will still be tested on arrival at Dilworth.

All boarding staff, teachers and those who work directly with students will also take a Rapid Antigen Test prior to returning to school next week.


In summary:

• Dilworth Senior Campus will remain closed next week for face to face, in person instruction. Students will return to boarding on Sunday 6th March.

• When students return on Sunday 6th March, they will need to return a negative RAT test at school before they can resume boarding.

• In person, face to face lessons will commence on Monday 7th March.

• Mid-term break will be observed on Monday 28th February.

• Students will continue with online learning, on timetable, from Tuesday 1st March-Friday 4th March.


Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we endeavour to do our best to keep our young men and their families safe while not compromising their education and wellbeing.


Update - Tuesday 22 February 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In light of the current Omicron situation and the resulting student absences, it has been decided that the Dilworth Senior Campus will be closed to students from tomorrow Wednesday 23 February, and will reopen on Monday 28 February from 7pm, with lessons resuming the next day. Please note that the Junior and Rural Campuses are not affected and will remain open.

Senior Campus parents and caregivers are requested to collect their sons from the School from 3.30pm today. 

Students who normally take public transport may do so today. 

Remote (online) learning will commence tomorrow from 8.50am and all students are expected to be present for their online lessons, following their normal school timetable. 

The planned Mid-Term Break (Saturday 5 to Tuesday 8 March) will no longer take place for Senior Campus students. 

The Senior Campus boarding houses will be open from 7pm On Sunday 6 March to welcome students back.

Mid-Term Break for both the Junior and Rural Campuses will be (Saturday 5 to Monday 7 March) with students returning to boarding on  Monday evening 7th March. 

This decision is based on the number of students identified as close contacts of an existing case in their families or at school, or those experiencing cold/flu like symptoms. The six-day period of closure will enable students identified as close contacts to get tested and continue learning remotely while they await test results. It also enables our teachers to focus on the planning and delivery of online lessons, as well as supporting students at home with the setting and marking of schoolwork and assessments. 

Please also note that Weekly Notes will not be generated for students this week. 

Students in Tyrone House and those who are unable to be collected this evening are asked to contact Grant Truman (g.truman@dilworth.school.nz) or their relevant House Leader to discuss their situation. The school will be able to accommodate stay-back students in boarding houses this evening and support them with their learning until they are collected, but all students need to be collected by Wednesday (tomorrow) 5.30pm. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions.