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Toronto Catholic District School Board

TCDSB Health Policy
 
All Schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board are smoke, alcohol and drug free.
 
 
Administration of Medication
 
Please do not send any medication with your child without notifying the school.  For the administration of medication to a pupil by school personnel, a signed request by the parent(s)/guardian(s) and doctor , as well as the completion of appropriate forms are necessary.  These forms are to be requested through the office.  All medication must be sent to the office for safekeeping.   For safety reasons, you are asked to send the medicine to the school in its original container.
 
 
Medical Alert and Allergies
 
Our school has children with life-threatening allergies.  For this reason DO NOT SEND any nut and/or peanut products to school. Please do not send any cakes, doughnuts, chips, candy etc. to the school for any type of celebration. If you wish for your child to share their birthday with their classmates, please do not send food to school for the purpose of sharing. For celebrations: pencils, pens, party favours etc. can be shared with your child’s classmates.
When a student has a life-threatening allergy, the appropriate medication is to be carried by the student at all times.  The medication (i.e. epinephrine auto-injector) is to be clearly marked with the student’s name and known allergen and one will also be kept in the school office.
 
NOTE:  If your child is participating in an activitiy away from the school (i.e. school trip, sporting event, etc.), be advised that your child must have a minimum of two Epi-Pen Auto-injectors in order to participate in the excursion.  A third Epi-Pen may be requested.
 
Up-to-date medical information is essential to assist the school to respond effectively in the event of a medical emergency.   If your child has on-going health concerns and is in need of special medical attention, please discuss the situation with your child’s teacher or notify the office.
 
 
Immunization
 
According to the Immunization of School Pupils Act, 1982 parent/guardians are required
“ ...to complete the prescribed program of immunization…”for each pupil.  Failure to do so will result in suspension and/or exclusion from school.  We, therefore, urge all parents/guardians to make sure their children have the required up-to-date immunization.
 
 
Communicable Diseases
 
When there is reason to suspect the existence of a contagious disease in the school, it is the duty of the school to report promptly to the TCDSB and to the Municipal Health Officer.  The school may refuse admission to any person who is believed to be infected with a communicable disease requiring quarantine.  Before returning to school, a person who has been infected with a contagious disease may be required to produce a doctor’s certificate stating that the individual is able to return to school.
 
 
Illness and Injury
 
If your child becomes ill at school, we will make every effort to contact you to determine your wishes in the matter.  In a case where an injury appears to be serious, the principal or designate may take the child to a hospital/clinic or an ambulance may be called.