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Toronto District School Board reveals details of new mandatory vaccine policy

Toronto District School Board reveals details of new mandatory vaccine policy

TORONTO – The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has clarified how it will implement its new mandatory vaccination policy.

The school board released an 11-page document Tuesday night titled ‘COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccine Procedure’, which reveals important dates, disciplinary measures and exemption protocols for its new policy.

The policy applies to all school board employees, including daily and long-term occasional teachers and casual teaching staff, school board members, and student transportation drivers.

According to the document, all TDSB employees had to state their vaccination status before 7 September. They now have until November 1 to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The TDSB said about 83 percent of staff responded to the survey, and of those who responded, about 94 percent indicated that they had been fully vaccinated.

Until 1 November, those who have not yet been fully vaccinated must comply with regular COVID-19 tests and provide evidence of a negative result in order to participate in a TDSB workplace. The tests will be delivered to individuals at no cost, the board said.

Personnel who are not fully vaccinated or who have not disclosed their vaccination status must complete a mandatory training program provided by the Government of Ontario no later than two weeks after TDSB grants access to the program.

The training program will be provided as a video by the Ministry of Education. Staff must review the video outside of business hours.

Staff undergoing the training program must still meet the full vaccination requirement by November 1, the board said.

This policy also covers those who frequently visit boardrooms, e.g. Students on internships, individuals on internships, internships or apprenticeships, volunteers, permit holders and contractors, those who provide professional services to children in school and “other members of organizations not affiliated with the board but nevertheless working on or are invited to boardrooms, ”says the board.

The school board says it will grant exemptions due to medical, disability or religious reasons.

An employee requesting an exemption on the basis of a medical condition must submit a letter from an authorized physician or registered nurse … Such an exception, ”reads the document.

A specific diagnosis or detection of a medical condition is not required, except in “exceptional circumstances or where it is necessary to provide accommodation,” the board said.

According to the document, this letter must have been delivered before September 7 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Those who do not comply with the new protocol may be subject to “administrative or disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment”, the board said.

Toronto District School Board Director of Education Colleen Russell-Rawlins took to social media Tuesday night to address the new protocols.

“While recognizing that it is very personal to decide to be vaccinated, we are better able to protect our school community and ensure fewer disruptions to student learning and well-being by reducing the number of positive COVID-19 cases introduced in our schools. , ”Russell-Rawlins wrote.

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