A note from Ottawa Public Health —
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.
The Farley Mowat School Council has organized with Indigo Barhaven a Farley Mowat Night. On November 19th between 6:30 and 9:00 pm, parents, guardians, staff, administration and all other interested parties can identify themselves at Indigo Barhaven, receive a white sticker, shop for holiday gifts, and earn gift cards worth 20% of purchases for our school library.
Farley Mowat’s photo retake day is Tuesday, November 10th.
Ever wonder how you can help your child do math? Take a look at this guide for parents
of students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 published by the Ministry of Education.
Youth Services Bureau (YSB) recently launched a new online crisis chat service
that allows youth to communicate in real time with a trained counsellor about anything that is troubling them. The service also extends to parents or anyone else seeking help for a young person. To learn more about the crisis chat service, please contact YSB at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings that Matter….
The next Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for November 17th. The Public session begins at 7:00 p.m..There are several items of interest scheduled for this meeting, including:
(M. Carson, ext. 8881)
Report 15-146, Extended Day Program Daily Fee Rates for 2016-2017
Take a look at the agenda where you can read the reports.
This fall, the district has undertaken a very broad consultation regarding changes to the delivery of French in JK/SK (creating a 50-50% English French Program), as well as the addition of English as a subject and changing the language of instruction of mathematics (English) in grades 1 to 3 in Early French Immersion. We had tremendous feedback to the consultation, including 3841 responses to the public and staff surveys. Overall, approximately 66% of parents felt that the students would benefit from these changes. The reaction of staff was more varied on the three recommendations; staff did not think the change in the JK/SK delivery model would benefit students, but a majority of staff respondents did support the addition of English as a subject and the change in the language of instruction in mathematics in grades 1-3. There is a very fulsome analysis of the feedback from the public and from staff in the report
. This matter will be discussed by Committee of the Whole on November 17th and a final recommendation is expected to be approved by the Board on November 24th.