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School Health Reference Guide


The Region of Peel School Health Reference Guide is a supplementary resource to relevant Peel and Dufferin-Peel school board policies. Refer to school board policy first if you have questions or concerns.

Childhood Diseases and Illnesses

  • An acute bacterial infection primarily affecting the nose and throat or skin.
  • Symptoms can include general body weakness and discomfort, sore throat, loss of appetite, cough and low-grade fever (body temperature lower than 38.5 °C (about 101 °F). Within two to three days, a bluish-white membrane forms on the tonsils or inside the nose.
  • Contagiousness is variable but usually two weeks or less, seldom more than four weeks.
  • Spread by direct contact with carriers and less commonly through contact with articles soiled with discharges from lesions of infected people.
  • The period between being exposed to the infection and showing the first symptoms are usually two to five days, occasionally longer.
Instructions for Schools
  • Report immediately to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
  • Child will be excluded in consultation with Peel Public Health.
  • Encourage thorough hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Remember to protect the confidentiality of the student by not disclosing a diagnosis to concerned parents and/or colleagues. If contact follow up of those exposed is required, Peel Public Health will contact those who are at risk.
  • Vaccinations are given as part of the routine childhood immunization schedule and every 10 years as an adult.
  • Refer to physician for diagnosis and treatment.

Peel Public Health is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

For more information on communicable disease resources and programs,
call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.(In Caledon, call 905-584-2216.)


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Revised: Tuesday January 12 2016