Over 3,500 students could be suspended in March

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2,371 elementary and 1,177 secondary students are facing suspension if they don’t get their immunizations up to date.

That from Lambton Public Health.

Suspension orders will go into effect on Tuesday, March 5, for elementary students and
Tuesday, March 26 for secondary students.

To avoid suspension, parents or guardians must report immunizations or valid exemptions to LPH for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningococcal disease, and Varicella.

If the information isn’t updated by the March deadlines, students will be sent home from school.

Earlier this year, public health issued about 6,000 warnings to update records.

It has not issued suspension notices since 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Then there were a total of 2,614 First Notices issued.

Officials say many children have had their immunizations, but don’t realize doctors are not required to report them to public health. That’s the responsibility of the parent.