Fostering and promoting a healthy school environment is a shared responsibility. Bacteria and viruses that cause diseases and infections can be more prevalent in schools as childhood communicable diseases are often contagious before symptoms appear and spread more easily in a group setting. Any child who is ill and unable to participate fully in regular activities should be cared for at home.
This resource is intended to provide parents with some general guidelines on communicable diseases and suggested practices and responsibilities.
Parent responsibilities for a student who is ill:
- Remove the student from school to rest and seek medical assessment
- Inform the school administration of a medical diagnosis if there is one
- Comply with the medical professional's advice for returning to school timelines
Students who may have been exposed to a communicable disease and have specific health concerns, such as immunosuppression, may need to be assessed by a health care professional.
Proper hand-washing is one of the most effective ways to stop infection and illness.
For information on childhood Communicable Diseases please visit Peel Public Health
School Health Reference Guide - Communicable Diseases