Onerahi Primary School - Latest update around COVID-19 and vaccination

Kia ora e te whānau,

On Monday 25 October, 2021, through the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) the New Zealand Government ordered that all adults working or volunteering in a school with children or while children are present must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The first dose must be administered no later than 15 November, 2021 and the second dose by 1 January, 2022.This includes:
Relief teachers and casual staff
Administration staff
Caretakers and cleaners
Contractors and other trades people
Service managers
Caregivers and parents
Volunteers and community members

If you are supporting a school trip or camp you will need to be vaccinated by the above dates.

Proof of vaccination needs to be provided to AnnMaree MacGregor, Principal and this information will be stored in a secure and confidential register.

We will collect the following information:
• Full Name
• Type of work undertaken
• Contact details (email, phone and residential address)
• Vaccination status – Date of Dose 1, Date of Dose 2
It is important that we keep your vaccination and testing information safe and secure. We maintain a secure environment for the protection of all personal information we hold and use appropriate security safeguards to protect information from loss, unauthorised access, use, or disclosure.
I can assure you that only authorised staff will have access to the Vaccination Register, and access to the information in the Vaccination Register will only be for authorised purposes. We will not share your personal information unless we are required or authorised to do so by law. However, in the situation of an outbreak, we may have to share your personal information with a Public Health Authority for the purposes of planning and implementing appropriate public health responses.

Under the Privacy Act, you have the right to request a copy of, and correction to, any personal information held by us.
Please note, we are unable to share the personal vaccination status of our staff members. This is due to the laws around personal privacy. Staff members are not required to respond to being asked about their status by members of the community.
The vaccination requirement does not apply to drop off and pick up of children before and after school. Signing or scanning in, wearing of a face covering and not entering classrooms applies in this situation.

If you need any further clarification on this please contact your child’s class teacher.

Ngā manaakitanga
Annmaree MacGregor


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