The Thames Valley District School Board has deferred several COVID-19-related motions until the next board meeting on September 28, to allow time for public input.
During their special board meeting on Wednesday, September 8, school board members reviewed a number of motions related to vaccinations, masking, and restrictions on some indoor sports and musical instruments due to COVID-19.
Trustee Corrine Rahman’s motion, which requires the board to develop a mandatory vaccination policy for all employees, trustees and frequent visitors, was withdrawn following a similar requirement announced days ago by the provincial government.
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TVDSB trustee Jake Skinner proposed that several issues be postponed to a later date.
“We all agree that we want as much security as possible for our students and staff, but there have only been six business days from service of the motion to consideration of service of the motion tonight.”
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Skinner said that after listening to various members of the community, it was decided that it was important to give the public a chance to provide input on these topics before moving forward.
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Among those postponed until the end of the month was Rahmans’ motion requesting that a letter be written to local health officials, provincial health officials, and the minister of education, “stating that the board supports adding COVID-19 vaccines to the list of required immunizations for all eligible students, as recommended by the Ontario Public School Boards Association. “
The request for additional guidance on wind instruments and contact sports was also deferred to allow more time for community feedback.
TVDSB students officially returned to classes for the start of the school year on Tuesday, after summer break and last year a combination of online and in-person learning due to COVID.
– with files from Ryan Rocca and Jacquelyn LeBel
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