Saskatchewan Examiner

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Vaccination proof compulsory for Sask. volleyball championship, due to an outbreak

Even though Saskatchewan’s Education Minister quashed giving vaccination proof at the Swift Current Volleyball Championship, a new outbreak of coronavirus cases reverts the decision.

  • A negative COVID test or proof of being vaccinated against the virus is a must for participants of the Volleyball tournament.
  • Swift Current school is currently placed under “outbreak status”, to demand vaccination proofs from students.
  • Vaccination proof will not be required once the outbreak status gets lifted from the school.
Sask. schools shouldn't exclude unvaccinated students from extracurricular  activities: education minister | CBC News
Education Minister Dustin Duncan had encouraged schools to let unvaccinated students be a part of the extracurricular activities.

Anyone going to a Saskatchewan’s volleyball championship in Swift Current this weekend will want evidence of vaccination or a negative certificate from the COVID test to attend.

That’s notwithstanding the province’s education minister directing faculty forums now no longer to restrict eligible, unvaccinated college students from taking part in extracurricular sports.

In a letter despatched to all faculty department board chairs withinside the province on Wednesday, Dustin Duncan wrote that below the Education Act, all students need to receive the possibility to completely take part in athletic and humanities events, provided they may be asymptomatic and now no longer below an isolation order due to the fact they have got COVID-19 or are in touch of a positive case.

Also, read: School shouldn’t boycott unvaccinated students: Sask.’s Education Minister

Duncan stated that he was contacted by many moms and dads in his constituency of Weyburn who have been worried approximately the evidence of vaccination policy on the girls’ provincial volleyball championship, set to take place at Swift Current Comprehensive High School on Friday and Saturday.

But Swift Current Comprehensive High School is presently on the COVID-19 outbreak level. It has had a couple of positive cases of COVID-19 with transmission within the faculty.

Because of that, the neighborhood clinical fitness officer has carried out the requirement for evidence of vaccination or negative testing for all extracurricular participation till the outbreak is asserted over.

In a statement, the Chinook School Division says it is following the fitness officer’s orders.

The department says it would not commonly require college students taking part in extracurricular sports to be vaccinated, however is now due to the brought measures carried out through the Saskatchewan Health Authority in the course of this outbreak.

Once the outbreak status has been lifted, evidence of vaccination will now no longer be required for extracurricular sports, the faculty department stated.

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