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New positive COVID-19 case at Ballina Coast High School

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Update 14 October:

Ballina Coast High School will reopen for staff and students on Thursday, 14 October 2021, after a member/s of the school community tested positive to COVID-19.

‘Students and staff identified as close contacts have been notified and asked to self-isolate for the required period and follow the NSW health advice and protocols,’ said a NSW Education spokesperson.

‘Each school has been thoroughly cleaned and will reopen Thursday, 14 October 2021, for any child who is unable to learn from home.

Further information on COVID-19 is available on the NSW Government website

Further information about the NSW Department of Education response to COVID-19 is available on the Department’s website.

Original story:

Ballina Coast High School announced late yesterday a new case of COVID-19 in the high school community.

Aaron McDonald, the high school Principal, asked all staff and students to self-isolate until they received more information.

In addition, the school closed immediately for contact tracing and cleaning.

Principal McDonald also wishes to reassure students and parents.

‘The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is of paramount importance to us at all times. As such we will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure that all necessary health advice is adhered to’.

Learning will continue remotely from home, and additional resources are available at education.nsw.gov to cope with online learning.

Further information about venues and close contact should be available soon on the Northern NSW Local Health District.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Here we are 20 months into this pandemic and the NSW Departments of Health and Education still cannot respond responsibly and clearly communicate with the community when an infected person is found to have been in a school setting.

    Should all students isolate ? Yes until they test negative (but testing is usually only effective after 3 days of being infected, so if they get tested early it leaves room for further spreading)
    What about students who have been absent from school ? No distinction apparently.
    What about students who are ‘close contacts’ eg: close mates, people who played sport with the person, sat next to them? Again no distinction seems to be clearly made.
    Reliable sources tell me close friends of the BCHS case discovered their friend was COVID positive whilst they were on school grounds.
    Sensibly these students went to the school authorities and asked permission to leave the premises, but according to the information I received they were told to remain in class for the remainder of the day (despite this some of them jumped the 8ft spiked metal fence anyway – bravo them).
    Is that true? If proven true, surely that decision by school staff would be grounds for a range of very serious allegations to be levelled at the school administration.
    Preventing a known close contact from fulfilling their obligations under the health order is a serious legal matter (not to mention being irresponsible and idiotic).

    At the current rate, our Local Health District should be able to tell us the various locations visited by this Ballina school case in about 10 days.
    That is, way too late to do anything about it. More spreading guaranteed.

    So it seems like we’re going to find out how quickly the 24 ICU beds in this region can be filled up.
    Let’s hope all the unlucky souls who make use of those meagre facilities are able to fully recover and forgive the administrative bungling that contributed to putting them there.

  2. THNAK YOU JIMBO FOR YOUR REVEALING & ILLUMINATING COMMENTS. I didn’t realise there were only 24 ICU beds WTF ????? I hope the anti vaxers realise this or wouldn’t that convince them ? This state govt has been incompetent / dishonest /unaccountable and STILL people somehow think that they have done a good job …go figure? How quickly mediocrity forgets the Ruby Princess dilemma. Now opening up after many vaccinations rate are low right across the state is simply arrogant & puts profit before health. Dead citizens can’t rejuvenate the economy. NOW APPARENTLY CONTACT TRACING IS UNABLE TO TRACK PEOPLE AS CASES GROW & MANY PEOPLE SAY THEY ARE NOT BEING CONTACTED FOR A WEEK OR MORE WHEN THEY ARE CLOSE CONTACTS OMG. Could we just keep politicians out of the way & allow the medicos to decide what is sensible & reasonable and what isn’t ? ??

    • “This state govt has been incompetent / dishonest /unaccountable and STILL people somehow think that they have done a good job …go figure? ”
      Otherwise known as stockholm syndrome

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