There are 247 Ottawa students under suspension for having out-of-date immunization records, with more than 3,000 other students at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board facing suspension in the coming weeks.
Elementary students at the English public board have until Feb. 13 to present updated immunization records. On Jan. 16, 3,003 suspension letters were mailed to parents. By Feb. 4, more than half of those students — 1,842 — still faced possible suspension.
Intermediate and high school students at the English public board have until Feb. 20 to present updated records. As of Friday, 1,200 still faced suspension.
Suspension notices have become a routine part of the school year for thousands of students since Ottawa Public Health began increased immunization surveillance in 2015 with yearly reviews of all student records.
In December, 25,000 students were sent warnings by Ottawa Public Health to say they be suspended if their records were not updated. About 85 per cent of students who receive such warnings usually update their records before they are suspended.