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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 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.)


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Revised: Monday September 21 2015