Enquiring Minds Montessori Immunization Policy is in accordance with the Ontario Government and the TDSB.
Unless they have a valid exemption, children who attend Enquiring Minds Montessori must be immunized against:
- Meningitis (Meningococcal disease)
- Whooping cough (Pertussis)
- Chickenpox (Varicella) – required for children born in 2010 or later
- Haemophilus B (Hib)
Children who do not get immunized are at increased risk of disease. They may be removed from school during a disease outbreak.
Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, your child can be exempted from immunization for medical reasons or due to conscience or religious belief.
For medical reasons
You must fill out a Statement of Medical Exemption form that has been signed by a physician or nurse practitioner and submit it to your local public health unit. It will indicate the reason for the exemption, such as:
- your child has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine
- there is evidence of your child’s immunity to the disease, making further immunization unnecessary
For conscience or religious belief
Starting September 1, 2017, you’ll need to:
- Go to your local public health unit to complete an education session that covers:
- Basic information about immunization
- Vaccine safety
- Immunization and community health
- Immunization law in Ontario
- At the end of the session, you’ll receive a Vaccine Education Certificate signed and dated by your public health unit.
- Complete a Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief form and get it is signed by a commissioner for taking affidavits in Ontario.
- Make copies of your certificate and your signed Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief form and submit the originals to your local public health unit (they will tell you how). It is important that you keep your copy because the ministry and local public health units do not keep records of your exemption documents.
Keep on top of your Immunization Records by using the Immunization Connect website.
Why should I use this site?
- It’s an online alternative to paper immunization records.
- It allows Ontarians to securely keep track of their families’ immunization records.
- It allows families to report their child’s immunization records to their local public health unit, as required by the Immunization of School Pupils Act, 1990 (ISPA) and the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA).
- Public health units review immunization records to ensure school children are up to date with their immunizations.
- Reporting immunizations helps to keep everyone protected from serious diseases that can be easily spread in schools and throughout our communities.