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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

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Caused by a bacteria, viruses and allergens.
  • Symptoms include pink to red eyes with yellow, sticky discharge, swollen eyelids, increased tearing, burning, irritation/itchiness in eyes and often sensitivity to light, can accompany a cold or chest infection. Often the eyelids are stuck together in the morning requiring bathing in warm water to release the crusts.
  • Contagious while there are symptoms.
  • Spread by contact with contaminated articles or direct contact with the discharge from the eye(s).
  • The period between exposure to the infection and the appearance of symptoms is usually 24 to 72 hours.
Instructions for Schools
  • Does not need to be reported Peel Public Health.
  • Exclude child if there is pus-like discharge from the eye(s) until at least 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic treatment.
  • Promote hand washing (PDF).
  • Avoid sharing towels or eye makeup.
  • Do not use swimming pools.
  • Conjunctivitis caused by a virus or allergy is milder, without pus, not infectious and child does not need to be excluded.
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: Monday September 21 2015