COVID-19: Ottawa school board chair urges Ontario ministers to vaccinate teachers, staff

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The chair of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has sent a letter urging Ontario officials to prioritize teachers and other education staff in the second phase of the province’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

In a letter sent to Health Minister Christine Elliott and Education Minister Stephen Lecce last week, OCDSB chair Lynn Scott highlighted the “tireless” work teachers and other staff have done to keep kids safe in the classroom so far during the coronavirus pandemic.

To keep kids safe and keep classes running, Scott wrote that making vaccinations available to education workers should be paramount.

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“We want our schools to be open, but we need to do everything we can to ensure our staff is safe, particularly those engaged in in-person work in schools, and especially supporting our most vulnerable high-needs students,” she wrote.

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“The vaccine represents a new level of protection and education workers need that protection.”

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Scott highlighted the arrival of new, more contagious coronavirus variants could threaten the ability of schools to stay open for in-class learning in the months ahead…

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