Toronto District School Board Reveals Details of New Mandatory Vaccination Policy – .

Toronto District School Board Reveals Details of New Mandatory Vaccination Policy – .

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

The school board on Tuesday evening released an 11-page document, titled “Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure,” revealing key dates, disciplinary actions and exemption protocols for its new policy.

The policy applies to all school board employees, including substitute teachers and casual education workers, school counselors and school bus drivers.

According to the document, all TDSB employees were required to disclose their immunization status by September 7. They now have until November 1 to receive 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 said they had been fully immunized.

Until November 1, those who are not yet fully vaccinated will have to undergo regular COVID-19 tests and provide proof of a negative result to travel to a TDSB workplace. The tests will be provided to individuals at no cost, the board said.

Employees who are not fully immunized or who have not disclosed their immunization status must complete a mandatory training program provided by the Ontario government no later than two weeks after the TDSB grants them access to the program.

The education program will be provided as a video by the Ministry of Education. Staff will need to review the video outside of working hours.

Staff following the education program are still required to meet the full vaccination requirement by Nov. 1, the board said.

This policy also extends to those who frequently visit council premises, such as internship students, interns, co-op internships or apprenticeship programs, volunteers, licensees and entrepreneurs, those who provide professional services to children at school and “other members of organizations not related to the board of directors but who nevertheless work or are invited to the premises of the board of directors,” says the board of directors .

The school board says it will grant exemptions based on medical, disability or religious reasons.

“An employee requesting an exemption due to a medical condition must provide the Board’s Disability Management Office with a letter from a licensed medical practitioner or registered nurse practitioner … clearly indicating the reason for the individual should be exempted from receiving a vaccine, and the duration of that exemption, ”the document said.

A specific diagnosis or disclosure of a health problem is not required, except in “exceptional circumstances or when necessary in order to provide accommodation,” the board said.

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

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

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

“While we recognize that deciding to get vaccinated is a deeply personal decision, by reducing the number of positive COVID-19 cases introduced into our schools, we are better able to protect our school communities and ensure less disruption. in student learning and well-being. Russell-Rawlins wrote.


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