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 mite that burrows under the skin.
- Itchy rash, especially between fingers, on elbows, hands, around the waist, armpits, chest, genitals. The rash looks like curvy white threads, tiny red bumps, scratches or tiny blisters.
- Itchiness is especially intense at night.
- Itching may persist for one to two weeks after treatment
Spread by skin to skin contact while shaking hands, dancing, sharing clothes, bedding or towels and by sexual contact.
- The mites can live on clothes, other objects and off skin for 3 to 7 days. The mites will die after 3 to 7 days infected items are stored in a plastic bag.
Instructions for Schools
- Does not need to be reported to Peel Public Health.
Exclude child until treatment has been completed.
- Encourage hand washing.
- Refer to physician for diagnosis and treatment.
- Scabies is not caused by lack of proper cleanliness and it can affect anyone.
- Wash any items that have come into direct contact with the person’s skin (for example clothing, bedding and towels) in hot water (50ºC).
- Place in the dryer on the hottest cycle for 20 minutes.
- Dry clean any item that can’t be washed or pack the item loosely in a sealed plastic bag for 1 week.
- Put articles in a non-food freezer for 24 hours to kill the mites.
- Vacuum rugs, pillows, carpets and furniture.
- See Preventing Infections section in School Health Reference Guide for environmental cleaning
For more information on communicable disease resources and programs,
call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.(In Caledon, call 905-584-2216.)