OBHS pupil turns up at school after travelling from Auckland

An OBHS pupil breached lockdown by travelling from Auckland to Dunedin on Friday last week. Photo...
An OBHS pupil breached lockdown by travelling from Auckland to Dunedin on Friday last week. Photo: ODT files
Otago Boys' High School has sought to reassure parents after a pupil breached lockdown by travelling from Auckland to Dunedin without an exemption.

In an email to parents today rector Richard Hall said the pupil, who showed up for class this week, was now isolating and had returned a negative Covid-19 test this morning.


The Otago Daily Times understands police are investigating the breach.

Mr Hall said they had sought advice from Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, as well as police.

The Ministry of Health had advised the school he was considered a "low risk"  as he was not presenting any symptoms and was understood to have not visited any places of interest in the Auckland or Waikato region.

Richard Hall
Richard Hall

Mr Hall said the pupil travelled from his home in Auckland, where he had been since the lockdown began, to Dunedin on Friday.

He stayed with family for the weekend and spent Sunday night at the school's hostel.

He then arrived at school for first period yesterday.

Yesterday at 9am the school was advised the pupil may not have had a travel exemption.

"We immediately implemented our isolation policy for the student, and organised a Covid 19 test, the results of which, we have had back this morning and they are negative.

"The student is isolating away from the school and hostel. He will not return to either the school or the hostel until we have confirmation from the Ministry of Health that it is safe for him to do so."

The school had received advice from the Ministry of Health that it and the hostel could run as it had been under Level 2 protocols.

Mr Hall said maintaining learning momentum was important "this close to the end of term".

"We understand that this news may be of concern to you.

"Please be assured that the health of our school community is very important to us and we will be following all protocols.

"We do ask you to respect the privacy of the student, and to continue to maintain the supportive environment that we are proud of at OBHS."

Mr Hall said if parents or their children at the school required support they could contact the school.

The ODT has sought comment from the school.


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Stone the crows, how is this even possible?

Totally beggars belief! What a great example the parents and/or guardians have set. They have just demonstrated that no matter how much effort everyone else puts in, no matter how much cost to the economy, no matter what the wider health implications are, no matter how overwhelmed our hospital system could become.....the rules my boy, don't apply to you. And to top it all off, students refusing to wear masks.
May as well just open the borders and lets just let the Covid cat run free amongst the mice. After all the sacrifices, I'm totally astounded.

It's pretty sad when schools say "mask wearing is optional, but we will support any student or teacher who chooses to wear one". I don't see any kids "refusing" to wear masks; they're not required to. And if the school doesn't create an expectation that it will happen, then not wearing masks is exactly what we get. It is astounding, but I think I'm beyond even being surprised at this point!


Gosh, that is some pretty top notch arrogance.

You'd think it was a very early April fools' day joke, but it's hardly a laughing matter. "Irresponsible" is the politest word which springs readily to mind: I'm almost too stunned to be angry.

I wouldn't have thought it was that hard to stop someone leaving a lockdown area. Just goes to show (along with numerous other examples) this government couldn't organise a good knees up in a brewery let alone govern a country.

Welcome to the no consequences no personal responsibility society. The rule breakers do this because they have learned that the only thing that happens is a stern talking to and a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.

Both the school and the student's parents should be taken to court and fined. No way I would send a child to this school.

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