Health Canada says the new rule will not reduce the number of children that can attend school
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) says it will accept a request from schools and parents who say they need time to adjust to the updated rule that allows students with physical disabilities to attend school without having to be vaccinated.
If school and/or district administration has established that the exemption request has not caused any interruption in the standard and orderly operation of the school, TDSB officials say they will permit exemption applications for the 2018-19 school year.
According to interim board chair Robin Pilkey, the new policy is expected to lessen disruption for parents and students who otherwise would have to be vaccinated.
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The TDSB says it will also continue to grant exemption applications for children that have a compelling medical reason not to be vaccinated, and provide access to healthcare for students who are suffering from serious illness, or who are recovering from serious illness.
Health Canada says in a statement that the new rule will not reduce the number of children that can attend school.
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Affected districts have seven days to accept or reject the applications, so they can begin accepting or denying requests in October.
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Health Canada says “the number of students allowed to attend school will be the same as that of the current requirements,” but that some exemptions will no longer be considered.
The rule change will allow children with physical or mental disabilities to attend school without being vaccinated for five days.
Those children will continue to be allowed access to the school regardless of whether they are vaccinated after the fifth day.