Reporting Infectious Diseases


The Health Unit provides resources to teachers and other professionals working with school-aged children.

These resources will provide you with guidance when a child in your school has or may have an infectious or reportable disease.  Information includes: signs and symptoms, how to prevent the spread, when to exclude, and when to report to the health unit.  

Important note: These resources are for information only, diagnosis of an infection must be made by a health care provider.

Duty to Report a Disease of Public Health Significance

If a principal of a school or an operator of an institution, such as a child care centre, has knowledge of, or suspects that a child in their school or child care centre has a reportable disease listed on the diseases of public health significance list, the local health unit must be informed in accordance with the Health Protection and Promotion Act (R.S.O. 1990, C.7; Part IV).

To report a reportable disease to the health unit please call 705-474-1400 or 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5229 or fax the diseases of public health significance notification form to 705-474-2809.

Exclusion guidelines - here you will find fact sheets which detail signs and symptoms and exclusion recommendations for reportable and non-reportable diseases.

Use the Chickenpox - Daily Reporting form to report new cases of chickenpox (varicella).


The following resources are available to you.  Printed copies are available upon request.

  • There is a "Healthy Hands Hand Hygiene Resource Kit" in your school for your use.  Please see the secretary or principal for this resource.



North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)