At a meeting on March 28, the SD8 Board of Education directed Superintendent Trish Smillie to pause the Proof of Vaccination Regarding COVID-19 Administrative Procedure pending further changes to public health orders and further information from BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).

For unvaccinated SD8 staff and contractors this means they no longer face a deadline after which unpaid leaves or rapid testing are required. All SD8 staff and contractors can continue to work as they normally would, in keeping with provincial and federal health and safety guidelines. This pause follows a Board of Education decision on March 3 to extend the implementation date of the vaccine mandate by a month, from March 11 to April 11.

“This decision allows our board more time to consider evolving COVID-19 data and changes to public health directives expected in the coming days and weeks,” said Board Chair Lenora Trenaman.

“Our staff and contractors will continue to work together every day to ensure our students thrive, and our families and school communities are healthy and supported,” said Superintendent Trish Smillie.

The Board could bring the Administrative Procedure back into effect at a later date, or remove it entirely depending upon future changes to provincial health orders and directives.

The purpose of the Proof of Vaccination Procedure is to safeguard the health and safety of employees and students from COVID-19.