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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 tiny white thread like worm that lives in the intestines and crawls out of the anus at night to lay its eggs.
  • Symptoms include:
    • anal itching
    • disturbed sleep
    • irritability and local irritation (although many children have no symptoms).
  • Eggs are spread to others by the infected person's fingers after touching the infected anal area/stool of infected person (e.g., diapers) or by articles contaminated with eggs (e.g., clothing, bedding, food, or other articles).
Instructions for Schools
  • Does not need to be reported to Peel Health.
  • Exclusion unnecessary.
  • Promote good personal hygiene (washing hands after going to the bathroom, before eating or preparing food).
  • Promote clean, short fingernails to prevent secondary skin infections on scratched skin.
  • Children should be discouraged from sharing towels, sucking fingers, nail biting and scratching anal area
  • Trimming and scrubbing the fingernails and bathing after treatment is important to help re infection and spread of pinworms.
  • Refer to physician for diagnosis.
  • Treatment available at pharmacy.
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