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School District 57 decides against mandatory vaccinations for staff

The School District 57 board has decided against mandatory vaccinations for staff, at this time.

“The board did not make this decision lightly,” said Sharel Warrington, board chair, in a news release. “We have considered all information available to us from many sources, including the medical health officers from Northern Health, the ministry of education, and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association. Given all the information we considered, the board has decided not to pursue a vaccine mandate at this time, unless directed by public health.

“Serious consideration was given to many factors including the priority of the health and  safety of students and staff as well as the potentially significant impact on student learning.

She added that the board will not be seeking voluntary staff disclosure of their vaccination status.

“We strongly encourage and support vaccinations as we believe they are the best protection against serious illness,” she said. “We will continue to monitor vaccination data provided by the provincial health officer and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.”

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