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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

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
  • Caused by a coronavirus.
  • Symptoms include general body weakness and discomfort, muscle pain and fever, quickly followed by respiratory symptoms including cough and shortness of breath.  Diarrhea may occur. 
  • Symptoms usually appear within 3 to 10 days after last contact with an infected person.
  • Only people with symptoms are contagious and can spread the disease; only those who have been in "close contact" — having cared for, lived with, or had direct contact with respiratory discharges or body fluids of a person ill with SARS — are at risk of getting infected.
Instructions for Schools
  • Needs to be reported to Peel Public Health.
  • Call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 to report a case of SARS.
  • Exclude child from school.
  • 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.
  • The last reported case of SARS in the world was in May 2004.
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