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School Suspension Letters

Help! I received a suspension notice for my child. What do I do now?

 

1. Don’t panic!

  • The letter means that our records show the child is missing required immunizations. It may be:
  • your child has not been vaccinated, OR
  • that our records are simply not up-to-date because your child was not immunized by the Health Unit OR
  • all or part of your child’s immunization record does not meet the minimum required age, dosing or spacing as outlined by the Immunization of School Pupils Act.

 

2. Check the letter carefully.

  • It will say which diseases your child is missing immunizations for, OR the immunizations that are missing from the Health Unit’s records.

 

3. If you ARE SURE your child’s immunizations are up-to-date…

  • You can mail or fax your child’s immunization record to 625-4828 OR
  • Drop off your child’s immunization record, OR
  • Enter the information online or upload a photo of your child’s immunization record at https://www.updatevaccinerecord.com/. You will need to have your child’s health card number and date of immunization(s) or their yellow immunization card.
  • Our nurses will check your child’s record and let you know if it is up-to-date. If so, the suspension will be lifted.

 

4. If you ARE NOT SURE if your child’s immunizations are up-to-date…

  • Call the health care provider(s) who you think gave your child immunizations.
  • Ask them for a record of the immunizations your child received and ask them to send a copy to the Health Unit.
  • If you have the record, please follow the steps in number 3 on this sheet.
  • If the health care provider is sending the record to us, we’ll contact you after the record has been reviewed and let you know if your child’s record is up-to-date.
  • If so, the suspension will be lifted.

 

5. If you know your child’s immunizations are not up-to-date…

  • Have your child immunized by their health care provider.
  • If your child requires immunization for Meningococcal Disease (Men-C-ACYW135) please let them know when you are booking your appointment. Your health care provider will need to special order this vaccine from the Health Unit before your appointment.
  • Let the Health Unit know about the vaccine given, the date given and the health care provider’s name. You can drop off a copy of your child’s record to the Health Unit or enter it online at https://www.updatevaccinerecord.com/. You may also give us the information by mail, by fax at 625-4828 or by calling 625-5900.

OR

  • Have your child immunized at the Health Unit Immunization Clinic. Call 625-5900 to make an appointment. Appointments can be made from Monday to Friday.
  • No appointments are needed for students who have received an Order for Suspension from Attendance at School. Those students may just come to the clinic Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • BUT first please call the Health Unit at 625-5900 the day you are planning to come to make sure a clinic is running.

OR

  • Give the Health Unit a Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit or a Statement of Medical Exemption for your child.
  • To get a form, click here.
  • For information on how to complete this form call 625-5900

Last Updated: 4/8/2016