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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; painful swelling of one or both salivary glands (located within your cheek, near the jaw line, below the ears), headache, muscle aches and pains, tiredness, loss of appetite.
  • Contagious from seven days before to nine days after symptoms develop. Most contagious in the two days before to four days after the onset of symptoms.
  • Spread from person to person through saliva or droplets from the mouth or nose of an infected person.
  • Can take from 14 to 25 days (usually 16 to 18 days) for symptoms to develop after contact with an infected person.
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).
  • Child can return to school five days after onset of swollen glands.
  • 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. Mumps vaccine is given in combination with measles and rubella vaccine (MMR) or measles, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) vaccine (MMRV).

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