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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

Strep Throat / Scarlet Fever (Group A Streptococcus (GAS) Disease)
  • Caused by a bacteria.
  • Characterized by fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headache and possibly abdominal pain.
  • Scarlet fever is characterized as a generalized sandpaper-like, flaky rash that accompanies strep throat symptoms.
  • If untreated, ear infections, rheumatic fever, arthritis or kidney problems might occur.
  • Contagious from onset of symptoms until 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
  • Spread person to person by droplets when coughing or sneezing.
  • Possibly contagious for 1 to 3 days before symptoms appear.
  • The period between being exposed to the infection and the appearance of symptoms is 10 to 21 days.
Instructions for Schools
  • Does not need to be reported to Peel Public Health.
  • Child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics, if feeling well enough to participate.
  • Encourage thorough hand washing and respiratory etiquette
  • Refer to physician for diagnosis and treatment.
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