Vaccinations required to coach school teams


By Pam Wright
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As of Nov. 1, staff affiliated with extracurricular school sports within the district’s two largest school boards must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

St. Clair Catholic District School Board education director Scott Johnson told a weekly media conference last week the board moved forward with the change as an additional measures to keep schools open.

According to John Howitt, director of education of the Lambton-Kent District School Board, a similar policy is in place at the public board.

The change only affects extra-curricular sports, not regular physed classes held during the school day.

Prior to the change, unvaccinated educators and staff were required to submit two negative COVID-19 tests per week.

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced last week that all public-funded schools will be provided with take-home PCR self-collection kits.

All schools are set to receive the tests in mid-November in the hopes of preventing schools from closing if COVID-19 cases are confirmed.

Students who have symptoms of the virus, or who have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, will be able to pick up the kit at school.

They will take a sample and then drop it a local location for testing.

Asymptomatic unvaccinated students will also have access to testing. Public health will administer rapid-antigen tests for a 10-day screening period where multiple cases have been identified.





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