Saskatchewan Examiner

Thursday, February 29, 2024

COVID-19 limits have been lifted, which is both exciting and concerning

COVID-19 limits have been lifted, which is both exciting and worry.

Key takeaways:

  • As per the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation president, reducing the criteria for proof of vaccination makes staffing for school divisions easier.
  • According to Maze, employees have had a variety of reactions to the repeal of the public health guideline.

According to the president of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF), the easing of the evidence of vaccination requirement makes staffing simpler for school divisions.

Patrick Maze explained that it was up to each school division to carry out their immunization and negative test obligation.

“It will relieve some personnel constraints. There are also worries that it will make the workplace less secure.”

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According to Maze, the four major school divisions in Saskatoon as well as Regina — Saskatoon Public Schools, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Regina Public Schools, including Regina Catholic Schools — all reported staff vaccination rates in the mid-to-high 90% range.

“Some members have voiced their joy and enthusiasm at the lifting of such restrictions,” Maze added.

“We also have some members and parents who have contacted out to say that they will have vulnerable family members, either it ‘s their children as pupils, instructors who are immunocompromised, or family members who are immunocompromised.”

COVID-19 limits have been lifted, which is both exciting and worry.
COVID-19 limits have been lifted, which is both exciting and worry. Image from CTV News

Teachers, students, and staff will no longer be required to wear masks beginning next Monday.

According to Maze, the withdrawal of the public health directive has elicited varied reactions from employees. Some people are excited about the prospect of not having to wear masks and enforcing the demand on pupils, while others are becoming increasingly concerned.

“Their worry is heightened because they know we’re coming off another Christmas season here, and there will be a lot of gatherings, interprovincial travel, and foreign travel,” Maze explained.

Source: CTV News

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