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Orange school forced to return to home learning after too many Covid cases

May 15, 2023

Orange High School. Google Street View.

By Peter Holmes


A school in Orange has been forced to revert to home learning following an increase in Covid cases among its teaching staff and students.



Orange High school contacted parents on Monday afternoon to inform them of the decision to keep some students at home.



"Due to the number of teachers on sick leave at Orange High School, we must revert temporarily to learning from home," said relieving principal Ali McLennan.



"This will mean some years will need to temporarily learn from home this week."




McLennan said the school had combine classes "as much as possible" and had hired all

available casual teachers.


She said while some students had Covid infections, the virus had "particularly" impacted staff.

Year 11 and 12 will attend school as usual.



Learning from home will occur for the following cohorts on the following days:


Year 10 – Tuesday May 16 (one day only)

Year 9 – Wednesday May 17 (one day only)

Year 8 – Thursday May 18 (one day only)

Year 7 - Friday May 19 (one day only)


Students who cannot learn from home will be supervised should they attend school.



Students who are required to learn from home temporarily will be supported to access online learning materials from their Google classrooms or Learning From Home Hub.

"We are working extremely hard to ensure our students are supported to learn and our priority is safety for students and staff and educational continuity for our students," said McLennan.


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