Covid-19: Mt Albert Grammar School student and staffer at Macleans College test positive for Covid

A support staff member has tested positive.

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A support staff member has tested positive.

A student at Mt Albert Grammar School has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Ministry of Education advised the school late on Sunday night that a student was confirmed as a positive case.

The student attended classes from November 26 to November 28.

A notice sent out by the school said it will be working on Monday morning to determine any close contacts or casual contacts of the student.

A thorough clean of the school would also take place on Monday.

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Earlier, a staff member at east Auckland’s Macleans College has tested positive for Covid-19.

The support staff member had not been in any contact with students, a message on the school’s website stated.

All students would return to remote learning for Monday and Tuesday to allow any impacted staff to get tested.

Macleans College Principal Steven Hargreaves has been approached for comment.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health announced 135 new cases in Auckland, six in Waikato and two in Northland.

On October 26, senior students in Covid-19 alert level 3 regions returned to school.

Education and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins previously said those students in years 11, 12 and 13 are able to get vaccinated, however they must wear masks on site and on school transport.


Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announces year 11, 12 and 13 students in alert level 3 areas will be allowed back at school from Tuesday October 26.

Hipkins previously said he was “acutely aware” of the impact Covid-19 restrictions have had on learners, and a return to school meant they could prepare for their end-of-year exams and NCEA assessments.

Staff or volunteers working on school premises would need to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test before they returned.

Steven Hargreaves preivously said the logic being allowing students back at school was flawed.

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Steven Hargreaves preivously said the logic being allowing students back at school was flawed.

The Macleans college principal previously told Stuff around 500 year 11 students would return to learning on site from October 26.

Years 12 and 13 were already prepared to take NCEA practice exams online next week, so the school would continue with that plan to avoid “thrusting another change upon them”.

Having only a portion of eligible students return to school on October 26 was reassuring to teachers and parents, he added.

Hargreaves previously said the logic behind allowing students back at school was flawed.

“We can’t get a haircut, we can only have 10 people at a tangi, but we can have 500 students on site.”

“The community was up in arms about Brian Tamaki [allegedly] having a gathering outdoors at the [Auckland] Domain, yet we’re going to have 60,000 students inside in Auckland every day from now on.”

He added that he felt for schools where the community vaccination rates were low.

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