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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

Poliomyelitis (Polio)
  • Caused by a virus.
  • Symptoms begin with fever, general body weakness and discomfort, headache, nausea and vomiting. If the illness becomes severe, muscle pain and stiffness of the neck and back with flaccid paralysis (paralysis characterized by limp, unresponsive muscles) may occur. Occurs in the gastrointestinal tract with spread to regional lymph nodes and in few cases to the central nervous system.
  • Most contagious from seven to 10 days before and after the onset of symptoms but may be present in the feces from 72 hours to six weeks.
  • Most commonly spread from person to person via the fecal-oral route but can be oral-oral route as well.
  • Symptoms normally develop seven to 14 days after contact with an infected person.
  • Symptoms can appear as early as three days or as late as 35 days after contact.
Instructions for Schools
  • Needs to be reported to Peel Public Health. Call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 to report a case of Polio.
  • Child will be excluded in consultation with Peel Public Health.
  • 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.

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