TDSB heads of unions call for spec ed closure until workers vaccinated

To:  Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, Toronto

Re: Special Education, Special Education congregated schools, and Intensive Support Programs in-person learning 

Dear Dr. de Villa

On behalf of the TDSB Education Workers and Teachers currently required to return to work next week while it is deemed unsafe for every other student and education worker to do so, we are imploring you to use your powers as Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health to issue an order so that these students and their educators may remain at home until those educators have had their first vaccination and the 14 day period for the vaccine to take effect has passed.

We do not need to tell you that the numbers warrant this.  You see them before we do.  We do not need to tell you that these students are the most medically fragile in our system.  You already know this.  

No one wants these students languishing at home, but even more, no one wants these students or their educators to get sick.

We urge you to order all schools and programs closed, going virtual, until vaccinated.


Jennifer Brown, President Elementary Teachers of Toronto

Linda Bartram, President OSSTF Toronto Occasional Teachers

Rob Fulford, President Elementary Teachers Federation Toronto Occasional Teachers

Ralph Nigro, Vice-Chair, Toronto Administrator’s Association

Kimberly Perry, President OSSTF Toronto Professional Student Support Personnel

John Weatherup, President, CUPE 4400

Leslie Wolfe, President, OSSTF Toronto Teachers

Cc Karen Falconer, Interim Director, Toronto District School Board