OCDSB Staff COVID-19 Vaccinations

The OCDSB has developed a COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol concerning staff, along with other individuals who frequently attend at schools or workplaces. This procedure is guided by our commitment to provide and maintain a safe working and learning environment for all students, employees and visitors.

It includes the following key elements:

  • All OCDSB employees must be at least partially vaccinated by no later than 30 September, 2021, and be fully vaccinated by no later than 15 November, 2021, in order to attend at an OCDSB school/building. New employees will be required to provide evidence they are fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.
  • Provision for employees who are unable to be vaccinated for reasons related to a disability or creed based restriction, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code, by submitting a request for an exemption or accommodation.
  • Exemptions from some aspects of the procedure for employees based on their current assignments, including those who work exclusively remotely.
  • Potential employment-related consequences for employees who are not partially or fully vaccinated by the established timelines (30 September and 15 November, respectively), without a documented and approved exemption or accommodation, including leave without pay.
  • Interim requirements, pending the above-noted deadlines, for employees who are not yet fully vaccinated, including.
    • Completion of a COVID 19 Vaccination Education Program (excluding employees who are exempted due to medical/disability).
    • Undertaking regular (at least twice weekly) rapid antigen tests.
  • Under the procedure, it will also be mandatory for other individuals who frequently attend at schools or workplaces, for example, students in a work placements, volunteers, and 3rd party contractors, to be vaccinated. Accommodations on the basis of protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code will also be a consideration.

Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, and corresponding changes in the advice and direction provided by public health agencies and the Ministry of Education, the Procedure will be reviewed and updated as required.

You can read the full procedure here.

Additional reading (external site): Ontario Human Rights Commission policy statement on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and proof of vaccine certificates

Staff Vaccine Disclosure Data

The Ontario government requires all publicly-funded school board employees, staff in private schools and licensed child care settings and other individuals regularly in these settings to disclose their COVID-19 immunization status.

The following table provides a breakdown of the data below, according to criteria provided by the Ministry of Education. 

 COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure Attestation Summary

       As of January 07, 2022

 

 

School Board Employees & Trustees (including casual and occasional employees)

Other Individuals (including bus drivers)1

#

%

#

%

Total number of individuals to which the policy will apply

(*estimated as of Jan 7, subject to change)

12,402

100.0%

2,756

100.0%

Total number of individuals who have attested to being fully vaccinated (with and without supporting documentation)

11,823

95.33%

2.566

93.1%

Total number of individuals who are partially vaccinated (with and without supporting documentation)

35

0.28%

31

1.1%

Total number of individuals who provided a documented medical or creed based reason for not being fully vaccinated

45

0.36%

1

0.03%

Total number of individuals who have attested to not being fully vaccinated or refuse to disclose

113

0.9%

60

2.2%

The number of individuals who have not submitted an attestation form (due to various reasons, for example extended leave or included on employee list, but not currently working with OCDSB), if known*

386

3%




                       
1 Other individuals include those frequently attending in schools or OCDSB buildings who have direct contact with students or staff (e.g. visitors, volunteers, contractors, other 3rd party professionals). This is an estimate and subject to change.

Please note, at this time, the following individuals are not working directly with students:

  • Staff members who are listed as not completing the attestation. The majority of which may be on leave or are casual employees who may be working elsewhere.
  • Individuals who have attested to not being fully vaccinated, or have refused to disclose vaccination status (including requests for exemptions that are pending or have been denied).

Get your shot

The vaccination of all eligible staff, parents and students is a key measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect others who may be unable to get the shot. 

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage families to speak with their health provider or visit the Ottawa Public Health vaccine website.

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