7:30 a.m., April 25)
of Ottawa students face possible suspension over immunization
By Fred Sherwin
than 800 students in the Ottawa area face possible suspension
next week for not having up-to-date immunization records,
according to the city's public health unit.
public health unit recently mailed notices to 815 students
who have either not been properly vaccinated, or whose
records have not been properly updated. Another 890 students
are potentially suspendable for not having their records
have a week to get their vaccinations updated and provide
the information to the public health unit. If they fail
to do so, they face immediate suspension until they can
provide the necessary proof they've been properly vaccinated..
the Immunization of School Pupils Act, students face a
suspension of up to 20 days if they are not properly vaccinated
and records updated. However, the legislation does make
it possible for students to forego immunization for medical,
personal or religious reasons as long as they fill out
the proper forms.
process of notifying students and schools about incomplete
immunization records began in the fall when the public
health unit sent out 18,000 notification letters. A second
round of letters had to be sent to 8,865 students in February.
final batch of 815 letters were mailed on Wednesday. In
years past, most parents respond to the letters with up-to-date
information before the suspensions kick-in resulting in
very few suspensions actually being handed out.
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