Parents Voice in Government School Education

Unvaxxed parents: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun published an article on Saturday about the banning of unvaccinated parents from school premises and end-of-year events.

According to the article, “Under new Department of Education guidelines, parents don’t need to be vaccinated to pick up or drop off kids, but they must to be vaccinated or have a medical exemption to enter buildings or attend school events.”

PV Chief Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article.

Gail said state schools were “doing their best to adapt school celebrations and activities as best they can, with what they can”.

“They’re doing all this in keeping with the rules – of course there will be disappointment for some (unvaxxed) who may need to view an event remotely. But we need safety above all else while the virus is still present, particularly in primary school settings,” she said.

The article also gives the rules for parents visiting schools, as follows:

Vaccination requirements for parents and carers attending schools

  • All parents and carers attending schools, including for drop off and pick up must also adhere to physical distancing, density limits, face mask requirements and practise respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene.
  • Parents and carers who enter school buildings must check in using the QR code.
  • Parents and carers who enter school buildings must also have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and must have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine by November 29, 2021 or have a valid medical exception with the following limited exceptions:
  • When attending to administer medical treatment to their own child when the treatment cannot be administered by the school
  • When attending to collect their child who is unwell and cannot leave the school building unaccompanied by their parent/carer.
  • When attending for a momentary period that does not involve any sustained contact with staff or students, for example, to collect a completed art project or similar.
  • Parents and carers attending any event or activity inside a school building including, but not limited to tours, graduations, kindergarten transition, whole of school events are required to show evidence of vaccination.
  • Meetings and other discussions (such as student support group meetings) with parents and carers who do not meet vaccination requirements should be held virtually.
  • Parents and carers attending school sites for drop off and pick up who do not enter school buildings do not need to comply with vaccination requirements.
  • Any parent/carer who needs to access an early childhood education and care service (including OSHC) via the main entrance of a government school building is required to check in using the Victorian Government QR code Service but do not need to show their vaccination status.


Read the full article (subscription only)

Nine News

Gail McHardy was also interviewed on this issue by Nine TV News – the clip is available online (around 6 min 40 sec into bulletin).



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