More than 2,000 students could be suspended next week
Published Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:53AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, April 1, 2016 4:50AM EDT
By this time next week, more than 2,000 elementary students in Waterloo Region could be serving suspensions.
The suspensions wouldn’t be for anything they’d done inside the classroom or in the school yard – but because their parents didn’t provide public health officials with up-to-date vaccination information.
According to Region of Waterloo Public Health, parents of 4,115 students were notified earlier this month that they were required to provide that information.
If that information is not in by next Tuesday, public health officials say, the students won’t be allowed to attend school the following day.
As of Thursday, more than half of all parents notified of missing or incomplete records had not provided the records in question.
The suspensions could last for as long as four weeks.
Immunization records are available from children’s family doctors or other health care providers. Immunization clinics are also offered at public health offices in Waterloo and Cambridge.