MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 18, 2009- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) held a meeting with in-school administrators today to iron out the final details of plans to transport elementary and high school students to local Influenza A- H1N1 vaccination centres.
Letters will be sent beginning on Monday, November 23 to parents of all primary and secondary students. The start date will, in part, be determined by the speed with which the vaccination process for other priority groups is completed and the number of doses of vaccine available that week.
The letter asks parents to indicate whether they agree to have their child vaccinated against Influenza A – H1N1. Parents must complete and sign a permission slip and return it no later than November 24. Only students with a signed permission slip will be permitted to board the bus and receive the vaccination. Students without the appropriate documentation, or those whose parents have refused the vaccination, will remain at school.
Parents who wish to be present when their child receives the vaccine may do so. However, parents will not be permitted to ride the bus with their children and will have to make their own arrangements to the vaccination site. Parents will reunite with their child at the site, before the vaccination is given. The first group of students will leave at approximately 9:30 a.m. The last group of students will return to school at approximately 1:30 p.m. Students will have lunch before or after their vaccination appointment, depending on the scheduling.
On vaccination day parents will be given confirmation that their child has received the Influenza A – H1N1 vaccine. Parents will be asked to place this confirmation in their child’s vaccination booklet. The EMSB will be transporting students to one of the 19 vaccination sites that have been set up by the public health authorities. On the day before students are to be vaccinated, the school will confirm with parents where they are going. Students, whose parents are refusing to have their child vaccinated in this manner, or those who have already received the vaccine, will remain at school under supervision. Regular school hours will be in effect on the day of vaccinations.
Parents who do not wish to have their child vaccinated in this way may always take them to a vaccination clinic at a time and place that is more convenient for them. Vaccination centres on the island of Montréal will be giving priority to children aged five to 13 who are accompanied by their parents, and to young people aged 14 to 19. From November 19 to 30, parents are invited to go to a vaccination centre with their child between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays, or between 8 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekends.
A Central Emergency Response Team (CERT) continues to monitor Influenza A-H1N1 and its impact at the EMSB. For more information go to www.emsb.qc.ca or stay tuned to www.twitter.com/emsb109 for breaking news.