September 29th, 2021
As the 2021-22 school year begins, we remain committed to the health, well-being and safety of students, educators, school staff and the broader community. Keeping our schools open this year is our collective priority.
Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect everyone from COVID-19. Vaccines help to stop the spread so we can safely and gradually resume more activities.
COVID-19 immunization for students is not mandatory. However, understanding the student immunization status and coverage within classes and schools will better enable public health units to respond if there is an outbreak.
Local public health units will be reviewing and assessing students’ COVID-19 vaccination information together with class lists to support case, contact and outbreak management within schools. This is only applicable to students eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., those born in 2009 or earlier).
For more information, please view the letter to parents, caregivers and families from Region of Waterloo Public Health, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the Waterloo Region District School Board.