The number of Toronto public school employees to face suspension following the district’s controversial vaccination requirement policy has decreased by more than half.
In a letter, principal of District 13 Ross Menday confirmed the number of employees facing suspensions was decreased to between 400 and 500.
“We have not made a decision to suspend staff in these cases and that information has to be reviewed by the Health and Public Wellness Services Group,” said Mr. Menday in the letter.
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Dr. Lisa Carty, the Toronto District School Board’s medical officer of health said students in grades 6 to 12 were expected to have at least one dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The letter went on to say more than 86 per cent of students missed a required vaccination in the first day of school last week.
These vaccination numbers are expected to drop as two full days of school are cancelled this week due to inclement weather and the Canada Day holiday. That means there will be more than 115,000 students out of school this week, a 44 per cent drop in students this week compared to the previous week.
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After the immunization deadline was announced, the Toronto District School Board announced that between 400 and 500 employees would be facing suspensions without pay.