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Please read below for information concerning immunizations and potential student suspensions
Please read below for information concerning Ottawa Public Health Immunizations
Since April 2015, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has been reviewing the immunization records of 150,000 students attending elementary and secondary schools in Ottawa to make sure the information is up-to-date. Updates on immunizations are crucial information to protect the health of students during an infectious disease outbreak, such as measles.
As of early October 2015, the immunization records of 50,000 children in Ottawa are still incomplete. Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), students attending school in Ontario are required to be vaccinated against nine diseases or have a valid exemption. Parents are required to provide this information to school boards at kindergarten registration. Parents are also required to report all additional immunizations that are done at the doctor's office after kindergarten to Ottawa Public Health on an ongoing basis.
In the months ahead, OPH will be sending letters to parents if their child’s records are not up-to-date. A suspension from school may be issued if a student’s record remains incomplete. Written notices will be mailed between late October 2015 and early January 2016 and school suspensions will be staggered between early December 2015 and March 2016.
Parents who receive a letter requesting immunization information can contact OPH by phone at 613-580-6744 or submit immunization information online, by fax, by mail or by the ImmunizeCA app. Parents can visit parentinginottawa.ca/immunization for more details about how to submit their child’s immunization information to Ottawa Public Health.
OPH will be hosting “catch-up clinics” for students who are missing required vaccines and don't have a doctor. Students who provide exemptions to OPH for medical or philosophical reasons are not subject to suspensions; however, in the event of an outbreak, the child may be excluded from school while there is risk of transmission.
If you receive a letter from Ottawa Public Health, your cooperation and support to respond quickly is very much appreciated. Your efforts will help protect not only your child but will help ensure all our children are better protected against infectious diseases.
Please read below for information concerning Sir Guy Carleton's grade 8 parent night
To: All Elementary Principals, Vice-Principals
From: Norah Marsh, Associate Director
Janice McCoy, Superintendent of Human Resources
Date: 06 November 2015
Re: LR Memo #54 – Cancellation of OCDSB operated Extended Day Programs on November 20th
Please be advised that due to the ongoing sanctions with OSSTF educational support workers, the Extended Day Program scheduled for the PA Day on November 20th is cancelled. This cancellation applies to those programs operated by the OCDSB; third party programs will continue to operate. A detailed list of the programs affected by the cancellation is available at http://goo.gl/pfQNcs . Please note that the cancellation applies to the entire day – there is no before and after school component to a PA Day program. This program requires a separate registration process and as such, no one has paid for this program and no refunds will be required. Notwithstanding, this will be frustrating news for some parents.
If your site is affected by the cancellation, please undertake the following to support the communication of this closure:
The Early Learning Department will be sending an email directly to all parents with children registered in the program.
Transportation Information - Looking for your student's bus, pick up location and times please visit www.ottawaschoolbus.ca
Labour Relations Update - See side tab "Labour Relations" for all updates
Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) policy and procedure regarding Transportation for Students in a Joint Custody Arrangements and Having Two Homes. Application forms are due by 1 June 2015 for a September 2015 start.
Dear families: Please take a look at our school-wide expectations for our Bring Your Own Device program. After consulting with both Junior and Intermediate students, staff and parent council, Jack Donohue has created these expectations.
Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum: The Ministry of Education has released the new Health and Physical Education Curriculum, with changes to the sexual education segment of the document. Also released was a Parent’s Guide to help them have discussions with their kids about elements of the curriculum. While acknowledging that teaching about some topics should be between families and their children, the Minister also noted that the government has a responsibility to provide young people with accurate information that will promote their health and safety. A public opinion poll found that 93 per cent of parents/guardians wanted a new sex ed curriculum and 90 per cent wanted schools to teach it. An important addition to the curriculum is the concept of consent and healthy relationships. Jack Donohue P.S. will teach the new curriculum as of September 2015.
Don’t forget to collect all of the supporting documents you need to register your child:
For safety reasons excercise extreme caution while parking and driving on Halton Terrace before and after school. Please drive slowly and refrain from doing U-turns. There are many students of all ages crossing Halton at these times and we want to take every precaution possible to ensure that they arrive safely. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all of our students safe at school!
Cindy Alce, Principal
Mark Cruise, Vice-Principal
Kelly Mills, Office Administrator
Lise Bishop, Office Assistant
Perry Brown, Chief Custodian
Martha Johnstone, Librarian
Brett Reynolds, Superintendent of Instruction
Christine Boothby, School Trustee
Jennifer McKenzie, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Jennifer Adams, Director of Education
For information about the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board please visit our OCDSB website.