Canadian school board suspends after-school activities for students following measles outbreak

The Toronto Metropolitan School Board on Saturday suspended after-school activities — including sports teams, competitive dance troupes and band — for students at two schools. The cuts follow the recent decision by the Toronto District School Board to close a school due to a so-called measles outbreak. The board says it has lost staff members who were not vaccinated.

School board chair Robin Pilkey wrote in a memo to parents on Saturday that the suspensions were “necessary,” and indicated they will be reinstated on Monday at schools in the community of Aurora. The school, on Adelaide Street West, had reopened on Friday after serving as a quarantine zone since mid-August, following the first case of measles in Toronto in several years.

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Pilkey wrote in her memo that only two other staff members are known to be immunized and that a number of those within the teaching staff at the school “received vaccination deferral certificates while they were employed at the school.”

According to Sarah Christie, head of media relations for the Toronto Municipal School Board, 19 staff members at the school were working on a provisional basis or weren’t working on a provisional basis. Fourteen staff members who had been contacted for vaccination for some reason have not yet been contacted, she said.

Read the full story at The Toronto Star.

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