Mandatory Declaration of Vaccination Status for all Staff
On August 17, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced plans to implement an immunization disclosure policy for all publicly funded school board employees, staff in private schools and licensed child care settings and other individuals regularly in these settings, for the 2021-22 school year.
This includes frequent school visitors / volunteers, Trustees, school transportation drivers and other professionals who deliver services in schools and interact with students and staff, including third-party contractors.
However, one-time only, or infrequent visitors, need only provide proof of screening to enter the building. They must wear a mask and maintain appropriate physical distance.
Regular rapid antigen testing requirements will be in place for staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Individuals who do not intend to be vaccinated, without a documented medical reason, will be required to participate in an educational session about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.
“Fully vaccinated against COVID-19” means having received all of the doses required for a COVID-19 vaccine(s) approved by the World Health Organization (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine); and having received the final vaccine dose at least 14 days ago.
To provide proof of vaccination, individuals with an Ontario photo health card can log in to the provincial portal (https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/) or print an electronic COVID-19 vaccine receipt (PDF) for each dose received. WCDSB will have a portal on WESS where all staff can declare their status and upload their documents.
Proof of a medical reason for not being vaccinated must be provided by either a physician or a nurse practitioner (note: A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who holds an extended certificate of registration under the Nursing Act, 1991).
- By September 7, 2021: Individuals covered by the policy are expected to submit a formal attestation if they are “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination (i.e. upload or provide vaccination receipt(s)).
- By September 10, 2021: School boards are expected to share aggregated, depersonalized attestation statistical information with the ministry in an electronic format and continue doing so on a monthly basis.
- By September 15, 2021: School boards are expected to publicly post aggregated, depersonalized attestation statistical information and continue doing so on a monthly basis.