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1,718 high school students get suspension notices

WATERLOO REGION — About 1,700 high school students received suspension notices hand delivered by principals Wednesday.

The students — 1,718 — will be suspended on May 7 if they don’t update their vaccination records.

Linda Black, public health manager of vaccine preventable diseases for Region of Waterloo Public Health, said she expects the number of students that could be suspended will drop by suspension day.

Last year, 2,034 suspension notices were given and by suspension day, 700 students were suspended for a day. That number dropped further with 223 students suspended for more than a day.

Public health sent home 4,500 letters to local high school students in March informing them that their immunization records were incomplete.

Parents can contact their family doctors to obtain immunization records.

For families without a physician, public health is holding walk-in clinics from May 2, 3 and May 6 to 10 at its Waterloo office, 99 Regina St. S. on weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinics will be held at the Cambridge office, 150 Main St., from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 2, 3 and May 7 to 10. On May 6, the hours are from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Parents can submit their child’s immunization record online at https://e-immunization.regionofwaterloo.ca/.

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