Extracurricular Activities For Fully Vaccinated Students, Staff, Officials And Volunteers Returning To Local Schools

Thursday October 7th, 2021

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Extracurricular activities are returning for those students, staff, officials and volunteers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the publicly funded school boards of Windsor-Essex.

The move comes after the local school boards agreed to follow the recommendations of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to enact procedures to limit participation to those only vaccinated.

“We believe that extracurriculars are very important for the physical and mental health of our students; however, we also believe they can only proceed in a way that will reduce the risk of further spread of COVID-19 amongst our students and staff; vaccination is the best way to reduce that likelihood,” said a joint statement the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, the Greater Essex County District School Board, Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, Conseil scolaire Viamonde and the Windsor Essex County Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Once school boards have formalized their procedures, they will work together with the Windsor and Essex County Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WECSSAA) on determining which sports may be able to proceed based on the amount of time in the season, on the number of students who would be eligible to participate, and the number of coaches who will be available.

A timeline for return to play will vary depending on all of these factors.

Elementary students in Grade 7 & 8 who are fully vaccinated will also be able to participate in extracurricular activities under this procedure.

To further support a safe return to extracurricular activities, WECSSAA and its member boards have decided to play regionally among Windsor and Essex County schools with the primary focus on re-engaging our students in athletics. High schools will not participate in SWOSSAA and OFSAA competition but will follow return-to-play protocols of each organization, including those of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association.

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