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Update on TDSB’s COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure for Employees, Trustees and Other Individuals

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB

 

The TDSB continues to implement the COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure for Staff, Trustees and Other Individuals (PR734) to support the health and safety of staff and students in our schools and workplaces. 

To date, more than 88.5% of our 40,000 staff members are compliant with the procedure. 

To ensure that we can continue to support service levels to staff, students and our community, the TDSB will be gradually implementing compliance measures for employees over the next three weeks, starting on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

  • Any staff who have not disclosed their vaccination status by November 1, 2021 will be placed on a non-disciplinary administrative leave of absence without pay effective November 2. 
     
  • Staff who have disclosed that they are not vaccinated have until November 21, 2021 to comply with the procedure. Until then, they will continue to complete the Rapid Antigen Test twice weekly and verify its results as part of their daily health screening. 
     
  • Staff who by November 19 have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine will have another month to complete their second dose. 
     
  • Staff who have received no vaccination by November 21 will be placed on a non-disciplinary administrative leave of absence without pay.
     
  • Staff who have applied for a medical or creed-based accommodation will continue to complete the Rapid Antigen Test twice weekly while pending the decision on their request. If their request is denied, they have 45 days to comply with the procedure or be placed on a non-disciplinary administrative leave of absence without pay.
     
  • All staff returning to the TDSB after leaves will be expected to comply with the procedure.

We will continue to work with staff to support them in this process and to ensure any unnecessary impact to service to students, staff and community members. 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the TDSB has tried to balance sharing as much information as possible with our families, while respecting the privacy of our students and staff. Out of respect for the privacy of individual staff, we will not be naming these staff or identifying the reason behind their absence and we appreciate your understanding. 

We understand vaccination is a deeply personal decision, however, due to the serious health threat COVID-19 presents to the public, this must be balanced against the Board’s obligations to protect the health and safety of its employees and students. Data shows that being fully vaccinated significantly reduces the risks of the most serious outcomes of COVID-19 and, as children under 12 – the large majority of our students – are ineligible to be vaccinated at this time, we must work together to protect them and each other.
 

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