Saskatchewan Examiner

Thursday, February 29, 2024

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

Dustin Duncan stated that schools should permit unvaccinated students to take part in school and extracurricular activities.

  • Girls’ provincial volleyball championship demands vaccination proof to a young girl, who was about to play, in Weyburn.
  • Saskatchewan’s Chief clinical fitness officer Dr. Saqib Shahab was consulted before writing to the schools about not boycotting unvaccinated students.
  • Saskatchewan Teachers Federation says Duncan should encourage students to take the vaccine and not the other way instead.
Sask.’s Education Minister Dustin Duncan says that it is inappropriate to discriminate in students who haven’t been vaccinated.

Education minister Dustin Duncan of Saskatchewan is directing the province’s school divisions to permit eligible unvaccinated college students to attend and take part in extracurricular activities.

Addressing the newshounds on Wednesday, Duncan stated that if the eligible students select not to be vaccinated, then it might be beside the point to forestall them from getting into the study room or taking part in different school activities.

Duncan stated mother and father in his constituency of Weyburn expressed issues to him approximately the evidence of vaccination coverage on the girls’ provincial volleyball championship taking place this Friday and Saturday.

Major media homes have requested the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association what the evidence of vaccination coverage is for the match however has now no longer but obtained a response. Weyburn Comprehensive School was declared a COVID-19 outbreak site by The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) on Nov. 13.

In a letter despatched to all school department board chairs on Wednesday, Duncan wrote that, below the Education Act, all college students are to be allowed to take part in athletic and humanities events, supplied they may be asymptomatic and now no longer below an isolation order due to the fact they’ve COVID-19 or are near the contact of a positive case.

Duncan stated there have not been any discussions but approximately what the authorities will do if school divisions argue the direction.

Chief Health Officer of Saskatchewan, Dr. Saqib Shahab become consulted in this decision, stated Duncan. He added that Dr. Shahab supports the move.

Duncan’s decision was slammed by Patrick Maze, the president of the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF).

He stated Duncan needs to alternatively be encouraging humans to get vaccinated.
STF is asking for a vaccine mandate for college students, such as the ones 5 to eleven while a COVID vaccine is accepted for them.

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