FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 announced Friday that it would not require proof of vaccination for staff at this time.

The district’s board made the decision this week after a thorough review of the process in the provincial vaccination guidelines for schools.

The Board believes the policy is not needed due to schools being low-risk settings, high vaccine rates among staff, schools remaining open being a top priority, replacement staff shortages and capacity for all staffing at a critical level.

The Board analyzed the following information to come to its decision:

The Board says it continues to encourage full vaccination for all staff, students and families.

The Board will continue to monitor the effects of the pandemic on the local education system and be attentive to its evolving nature.

School District 60 Superintendent Stephen Petrucci told Energeticcity unable to provide comments on the decision beyond what was sent out by the board.