Children in schools are susceptible to infections. A higher number of respiratory illnesses spread in school settings. This is because students are often near one another. We can minimize the spread of diseases in these settings. This includes infection control support for the school, curriculum supports for the teachers, school vaccine clinics for the students, and helpful information for the parents.
Reminder to all principals: Cases of specific communicable/infectious diseases must be reported to the Health Unit according to the Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990, c. H.7, s. 28, as amended 2011. All absenteeism rates of 20% or more should be reported to the health unit.
All animal bites or other animal contact must be reported to the health unit under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, Reg. 557.
Resources to support implementation can be found in the sections below.
This information includes signs & symptoms, transmission, contagious period, what needs to be done along with exclusion and reporting guidelines for common childhood communicable diseases.
These lesson plans will help children learn about germs, how to properly wash their hands and understand the importance of hand hygiene. Supplemental activities are included and can be utilized to further develop their knowledge of germs. Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes