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Recommendations for exclusion from school and daycare

  • Students who are believed to have an illness which may be spread to others (e.g. rash, sore throat, croupy coughs) should be kept home from school.
  • Signs and symptoms of communicable diseases include:
    • fever
    • vomiting/diarrhea
    • unusual behaviour, irritability
    • pus-like discharge from eyes
    • skin rashes or itching
    • coughing-choking, croupy coughs
  • Contact your family doctor for diagnosis if your child is suspected of having a communicable disease.
  • Notify your daycare centre or school of your child's illness.
  • If your child develops any of the above signs of illness during the day, your child will be isolated. You will be called to pick up your child.
  • Certain communicable diseases must be reported by doctors, schools and day-care centers to the Peel Health department for follow-up.
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Common Communicable Diseases and Exclusion Time

  • Depending upon what disease a child has had, there are varying guidlines about when it is safe for a child to return to school or daycare, after having had a communicable disease.
  • For further information about this or other communicable disease questions you may have, contact: Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
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