BackgroundThe Division may exclude students from attendance at school due to a health concern, most often to prevent the spread of an infectious disease.Procedures1. The principal shall contact by telephone the parents/guardians of a student who must be excluded from school attendance because of a health concern. 2. The principal shall then send a follow-up letter to these parents/guardians. A sample letter is provided within this procedure.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. (name of parents/guardians),Further to our previous discussion and as a result of the interaction and discussion with public health officials, I am writing to officially inform you that your son/daughter (name of student) has been excluded from school attendance. The reason for this decision is pursuant to The Education Act, 1995, Section 227, which allows the Horizon School Division to exclude your child from school attendance due to the health concern with regard to (name of disease, e.g. whooping cough). (name of student) can be re-admitted to the school upon a written certification from the public health nurse or a doctor indicating that the communicable nature of this disease is no longer of concern. We understand that public health officials have recommended that members of your family seek medical attention with regard to this communicable situation. We also wish to advise you that we are required to notify the families of (name of student)’s classmates of the fact that (name of disease, e.g. whooping cough) has been detected in the school. In the meantime, if you require any assistance with regard to attaining homework or any other information for (name of student), please do not hesitate to call me at (principal’s phone #). I want to thank you for your support and understanding in this matter. Yours truly, Principal cc: Superintendent of Schools
Reference: Section 227, Education Act
March 30, 2011