Covid 19 Update

Kia ora koutou,

On Monday 11 October 2021 the Government advised that all staff and workers who may have contact with students in schools throughout the country (regardless of COVID-19 Alert Level) will be required to have a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 15 November and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.

From 1 January 2022, education services must only allow those that are fully vaccinated to provide onsite services during opening hours.

This means vaccinations are mandatory for all those working onsite including teachers, relief teachers, casual staff, administration staff, caretakers, cleaners, and after school care providers.. It also applies to unpaid workers, such as volunteers (including parent volunteers) and any members of the community who are on site at the school, as they are likely to come into contact with students.

Onsite volunteers who are unvaccinated can still help in the school, but after the 15th November they will need to return a negative covid test on a weekly basis.  As mentioned above, after 1st January 2022, working adults in schools all need to be fully vaccinated.

The school has been asked to devise a vaccination register for all adults working onsite. If you are currently volunteering in the school, we ask that you bring your vaccination card to the school office where it can be copied and kept on record. We will provide you with a privacy statement for your information.

The vaccination requirement does not apply to parents or whānau undertaking student pick-ups and drop-offs, but these should be conducted in an outdoor environment where face coverings must be worn, and physical distancing measures retained. This change is effective as of Monday 18th October.

For the hosting of events/gatherings, we have been asked to take a precautionary approach. Unless it is really necessary to give effect to the curriculum, it has been recommended we avoid such events until Alert Level 1. An example of this is prizegivings – though they are an important aspect of school life, they are not a curriculum requirement. We will be doing our best to continue the normal programme of events as much as possible, whilst maintaining the need to operate within public health alert level requirements.

This next period presents an interesting challenge, but I’m sure it is one we are all up for. We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes to hand. In the meantime, we ask that you keep your children home if they are unwell and take care!

Ngā mihi

Nick Reed

Principal

Havelock North Primary School