Moriah College in Sydney’s eastern suburbs has asked parents for copies not only of their own vaccination certificates, but also those of everyone in their house aged over 12 and all people who are in regular contact with students.
The school sent a letter to parents last week, asking them to email the information to the school by October 11. “Vaccination status will only be considered as confirmed on receipt of a copy of a vaccination certificate,” the letter said.
“[The information] will assist us with the planning of events and activities as we analyse the risk of inviting parents and family members onto campus.” All information would be confidential, it said.
Teachers are required to be fully vaccinated by November 8, but no such government rule applies to students aged 12 or over who are eligible for vaccination. There is no rule preventing the children of unvaccinated adults from attending school, or their parents from picking them up.
When businesses reopen at 70 per cent community vaccination, only vaccinated patrons will be allowed inside. However, schools differ from businesses such as pubs, restaurants and beauty salons because education is legally compulsory.
Moriah’s letter did tell parents whether there would be any consequences if parents, siblings or family members were unvaccinated.
“Health advice from the NSW government is that high-vaccinated school communities will help to minimise the transmission of COVID-19,” the letter from the college’s vice principal, Roberta Goot, said.
“The college has accordingly been advised by the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) to communicate with our families and gather information about their vaccination status to assist in the safe opening and operation of the college.