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Catholic school division vaccination procedure in place

RDCRS employees must either be fully vaccinated, be required to take two rapid tests per week, or have a valid medical exemption

INNISFAIL- Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools (RDCRS), which has 11,000 students, has implemented its new COVID-19 vaccination administrative procedure, officials say.

Under the procedure, all full-time, part-time, hourly, supply, permanent, temporary and casual employees must either be fully vaccinated, be required to take two rapid tests per week, or have a valid medical exemption.

Additionally, all employees must disclose their current vaccination status and, if fully vaccinated, provide proof of vaccination in the form of a QR code.

“It took a long time to go through the process (prepare the procedure),” said Ryan Ledene, associate superintendent of human resources, at the Albertan. “I would say this is one of the most labor intensive (damage) mitigation strategies we have used. I think we did it in the fastest way possible.

With the province providing free rapid test kits to the division, “this allowed us to not have to access education funds for testing. There was minimal cost to the division for this program,” said he declared.

The procedure does not apply to students, who cannot be denied access to public education in Alberta because of their vaccination status.

Employees who believe they are unable to comply with the procedure must submit a request for an exemption to the division. The request may include the need to provide information such as a medical exemption from a licensed physician or a letter from an accredited religious leader.

Failure to follow the new procedure, including, but not limited to, refusing to comply with rapid test requirements or providing false or misleading information, may result in the employee being subject to administrative measures such as leave without pay or benefits, or disciplinary measures, including termination.

Third parties, including contractors and on-site partners, will need to have policies and/or procedures regarding COVID-19 and provide confirmation to the division.

Visitors, parents and volunteers on division property for more than 15 minutes during regular hours will be required to present proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR or rapid test.

Similar to a vaccination procedure put in place at Chinook’s Edge School Division beginning Jan. 10, the RDRCS procedure will remain in place as long as COVID-19 remains a “realistic and predictable risk in the workplace” and will be reviewed monthly. by the superintendent of schools. .

The RDCRS includes schools in Olds and Innisfail.