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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.
Handling and Reporting Communicable Diseases
Handling cases

Exclude: The student should be excluded from school if he/she has a condition that may be communicable to others e.g., rash, sore throat, or any suspected communicable disease. It is the principal, not Peel Public Health, who directs that the pupil shall or shall not attend school.

Re-Admit: The student may be readmitted when exclusion requirements of reportable communicable diseases are met or when condition of minor communicable disease has cleared; OR when the doctor gives written permission to return, stating that the condition is under treatment and is no longer communicable to others. Peel Public Health does not require written permission to return to school. Schools should refer to their own Board policies.

Special Concerns: Absenteeism considerably above the average and apparently due to communicable disease should be reported directly to Peel Public Health.

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Reporting diseases and suspected outbreaks

Notification of Disease in Schools (PDF 153KB, 2 Pages) is a two-sided form.  Side two has the designated list of reportable diseases (2013).  Diseases listed with an should be reported immediately to Peel Public Health 905-799-7700.  The remaining diseases can be reported to Peel Health on the front of this form on a monthly basis by mail or board courier

Refer to the Health Protection and Promotion Act for the most current list of reportable diseases.

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Revised: Friday March 11 2016