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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

  • Caused by a virus.
  • Symptoms include fever, sore throat, aching muscles, headache, chills and cough.
  • Spread rapidly by direct contact and also by coughing and sneezing.
  • May become contagious 24 hours prior to the onset of symptoms, and continues for up to seven days. (May be prolonged in young children and immunocompromised individuals.)
Instructions for Schools
  • Needs to be reported to Peel Public Health. Please see Handling and Reporting Communicable Diseases for reporting procedures.
  • For reporting cases, complete a Notification of Disease in Schools form (PDF 171KB, 2 pages).
  • Phone Peel Public Health if greater than expected number of children with similar symptoms is absent or if parent reports physician diagnosed influenza.
  • Encourage thorough hand washing (PDF) and respiratory etiquette (PDF).
  • 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.
  • Vaccine available.
  • Free vaccine available to all residents of Ontario over the age of six months.
  • Children should avoid ASA/aspirin preparations because of risk of Reye’s Syndrome.

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