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Sunday, April 26, 2015

School Suspensions Almost Over

Grey-Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

69 suspended Grey-Bruce students will be at school after immunization updates.

There are only 69 students left in Grey-Bruce who are suspended for not having the required immunizations.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hazel Lynn, says the remaining students all have special circumstances like a lack of transportation.

Lynn says plans are in place for those students to comply with immunization laws.

She believes they will all be back in school by Monday April 27th.

The Public Health Unit is starting their school clinics now and Lynn says the last few students will be immunized during those opportunities at their schools.

In March, the Grey-Bruce Health Unit issued 1,763 suspension notices, giving students until April 20th to prove they have been immunized.
 
On April 17th, there were 413 students left on the list.

By April 20th, the first day of suspension the number dropped to 267.

As of April 24th, there are only 69 left on the list.

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) students must be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, pertussis, varicella and meningococcal disease.
 
About 100 kids are suspended annually for non-compliance.

Suspension in this case lasts 20 days.

 

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