Health Issues

Illness

Sick children must be kept home from school. If your child comes to school ill, or becomes ill while at school, we will call you or your emergency contact. We are not allowed to give aspirin, or any medication for headache, stomach ache, etc.


Communicable Illness at School

In cases of pediculosis – head lice – or other communicable diseases such as conjunctivitis, chicken pox, scarlet fever, etc., the student will wait in the office until parents are contacted and arrangements made for the student’s care and treatment outside the school.

When students are diagnosed with a communicable illness, parents must notify the school promptly as there are public health measures we must follow for specific illnesses.


Pediculosis (Head Lice)

Head lice is a concern at all schools, especially among younger children who are most often affected. A lice check will be performed at the beginning of every term.

The following is recommended:
· check your child’s head weekly for lice and nits (eggs);
· please notify the school if you find your child has lice or nits;
· treat with special medicated shampoo (available at the pharmacy), best used in conjunction with a specially designed “lice comb”;
· keep your child home until you have successfully completed the treatment.

While the school will notify parents of any occurrence in the class, in the interest of privacy, your child will not be identified.


First Aid, Accidents and Injuries

Minor cuts and scrapes are cleaned and bandaged by office staff, and ice packs are provided for minor bumps and bruises. In the event of a more serious injury, steps are taken to ensure timely treatment, including ambulance services if necessary and immediate notification of parents or other emergency
contact.


Allergies, Asthma and other Medical Concerns

Parents must ensure that school personnel and administration are fully aware of their child’s medical
needs and related procedures for intervention. If medication is required, parents must fill out the
appropriate form (contact the office).


Prescribed Medication

If your child requires prescribed medication during the school day, it can be administered under the following conditions:
· administration of this medication at school is essential for your child’s attendance at school;
· your child cannot administer his/her own medication under any circumstances;
· the medication has been prescribed by your child’s physician;
· in addition to your doctor’s written instructions, the office must have on file completed TDSB forms authorizing the administration of prescribed medications (contact the office).


Immunization

Parents are required by law to provide the school with up-to-date immunization information. For information about immunization requirements or other health issues, contact the Department of Public Health, (416) 392-0983.


Dental Screening

All students are given an annual dental examination, a service provided through the school by the Department of Public Health. Parents are notified if follow-up dental care is recommended.