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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

  • Impetigo is a contagious superficial skin infection caused by streptococcus (strep) or staphylococcus (staph) bacteria.Methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA) is becoming a common cause.
  • It is most common in children between the ages of two and six.
  • Rash resembles a cluster of blisters or red bumps that may ooze or be covered with a honey-coloured crust. The rash usually appears around the mouth, nose and parts of the skin not covered by clothes.
  • Spread by direct contact with the open sores or nasal discharge of an infected person.
  • The period between exposure to the infection and the appearance of symptoms is commonly four to 10 days.
Instructions for Schools
  • Does not need to be reported to Peel Public Health.
  • The student’s parent can contact their health care provider for an appointment to discuss the symptoms of impetigo.
  • Exclude from school from onset until blisters are dry or until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment.
  • Promote hand washing (PDF) and general hygiene.
  • Impetigo can occur anytime. It is most common in warm weather when cuts and scrapes from outdoor play are more likely.
  • Ensure child doesn’t share towel or facecloth with others.
Resources and related links:

Peel Public Health is not responsible for the content of the linked websites and the information presented there.

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