Infection widespread, but stable
We estimate that at this point about 35% of the student population have tested positive on Covid-19 since Christmas Break . The positive cases seem to be spread evenly throughout the school, covering all classes from Year 1 to Year 10.
The infection numbers have been quite stable the last two weeks, with between 4 and 7 students testing positive each day.
As we wrote last week, the infection is now so widespread that it does not make sense anymore for schools to notify parents, students and staff via the school channels each time a student or staff member tests positive.
We therefore kindly ask you to be vigilant and to be aware that Covid-19 is all around us, both in school and in society.
We managed to get through two challenging weeks when it comes to staff illness. Last week we were down 13 staff members at one point, predominantly due to Covid-19. This obviously creates some challenges for running the school, but we are very grateful to our staff for stepping up and covering for their absent colleagues. From teaching extra lessons in different parts of the school, to doing extra playground duties, staff morale and team spirit have been palpable!
Luckily, most staff members seem to recover relatively quickly and are able to return to work after about a week of absence. Almost 60% of our staff have now tested positive on Covid-19 during the last 3 months. Based on these numbers, we hope that we will soon be able to run the school more normal again.
When you test positive
If you test positive (as a student or staff member), it is your own responsibility to notify your own close contacts – in other words, the people you have been close together with during the last 48 hours prior to the symptoms/testing time.
We appreciate that parents of students who test positive inform the office that their child’s absence is due to a Covid-19 infection, this way we know that your child will be away for at least four days.
More advice and up to date information can be found on the pages of the Norwegian Health Authorities: https://www.fhi.no/en/id/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/