A Guide to Common Infectious Diseases for Schools

This guide contains information on common infectious diseases in school settings. Some diseases are required to be reported to Public Health under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.H.7 and schools must follow the mandatory exclusion criteria in the guide. These diseases are highlighted with their explicit exclusion criteria. Recommendations on exclusion for non-reportable diseases can also be found in this guide.  

A Guide to Common Infectious Diseases for Schools (PDF, 23 pages, 807 KB).

To report a disease, outbreak, or request an advisory call Public Health:

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4752
  • After-hours and holidays 1-877-884-8653
  • Reportable Disease Fax Line 855-934-5463 or 855-WDG-LINE

For vaccine-related questions, call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4744.