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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

Food Borne Illnessess
  • Food borne illnesses are caused by pathogens such as:
    • Amebiasis
    • Campylobacter
    • Giardia
    • Pathogenic E.coli
    • Salmonella
    • Shigella
    • Yersinia
  • Spread by food, water or objects that have been contaminated with the feces or urine of an ill person.
  • Pathogens can also be transmitted person-to-person by the fecal-oral route (when fecal particles from one person enter the mouth of another person). This can happen if the ill person does not wash their hands after a bowel movement. The bacteria on the hands can be transmitted to surfaces other people touch. The onset of illness varies from a few hours to several days or even weeks, depending on the type of pathogen.
  • Symptoms vary but generally include: cramps, diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting.
Instructions for Schools
  • Report immediately to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 all suspected cases of food borne illness.
  • Food handlers who are infected with a food borne pathogen and are experiencing diarrhea and/or vomiting must be excluded from work until symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • In the case of E. coli, Shigella, Typhoid and Paratyphoid infections food handlers will be excluded from work by Peel Public Health and may be required to submit fecal specimens to Public Health before their return to work.
  • No exclusion from school for school children, provided they feel well enough to participate in all school activities and are capable of practicing good hand washing.
  • Practice safe food preparation.
  • Staff, food handlers and children must wash hands with soap and water often and well.
  • Food handlers are encouraged to attend a food handler certification course.
  • Educational information and food handler courses are available from the Environmental Health Division of Peel Public Health.
Role of Peel Public Health:
  • A public health inspector will contact the parents of the student to discuss information related to the nature of the disease, mode of transmission and prevention.

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: Friday January 08 2016