Roughly 600 students from a Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada school have been suspended for failing to meet vaccine requirements. There are three district health divisions sending out the notices: Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge. The regions where affected children and parents reside are Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The parents, as the district health unit’s kindly note, have failed to update vaccine records for the suspended kids.
“School suspension orders are a last resort and only issued when students and their families have not updated their vaccination records with the Health Unit,” says Marianne Rock, Manager of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control with the HKPR District Health Unit. “We encourage families who receive these suspension orders to contact us immediately so vaccination records can be updated and students won’t have to miss a day of class.”
Parents must now comply with regulations by getting their kids the missing vaccines and filing an update with the health unit.
The regulation which governs this massive amount of suspensions is the Immunization of School Pupils Act, an act which requires that all Ontario students have current measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, rubella, mumps, pertussis, chickenpox, and finally, meningococcal disease. Some kids have had the vaccines, but their records have not been updated, which amounts to clerical oversight instead of non-compliance. However, it seems the school district wanted to include all outdated records as a show of power over the district. Any non-compliance, even outdated, records, will not be tolerated by the powers that be.
The source of this news is Kawartha411.