OPSBA in the Media – October 2021

2021 10/6 | Connects Page, OPSBA in the Media

Push to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations in schools grows with approval for 5-11 year old kids expected by the end of the year
CTV News Ottawa – Oct. 30, 2021
While Canada is likely still several weeks away from rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine for kids between 5 and 11, there are growing calls already to add the COVID-19 shot to the list of mandatory immunizations in schools.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines a must so our kids lives can be enriched
The Toronto Star – Oct. 26, 2021
The pandemic has been hard on Toronto’s students. From periodic classroom and school closures, to social and physical isolation, to the challenges of virtual learning, they have lost out in many ways.

TDSB replaces elementary school guidance counsellors with newly defined role amid opposition from teachers’ union
The Toronto Star – Oct. 21, 2021
The Toronto District School Board has replaced traditional elementary school guidance counsellors and student success counsellors with a newly created combined position, despite opposition from the local teachers’ union.

Free menstrual products coming to Ontario schools, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announces
The Toronto Star – Oct. 8, 2021
Some six million menstrual products will be provided free of charge annually to Ontario schools as part of a three-year program announced Friday by Education Minister Stephen Lecce following pressure from youth leaders and school boards.

Ontario to roll out rapid testing for unvaccinated students in COVID-19 hot spots
The Toronto Star – Oct. 5, 2021
Kids will miss fewer classes during an outbreak and shutdowns could be avoided with a new program that will deploy rapid COVID-19 testing in hot-spot schools and target unvaccinated students, says the province’s top doctor.