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Westview School
River East Transcona School Division
Health Issues

Health Issues

Communicable diseases

Communicable diseases such as chicken pox, head lice, impetigo and pink eye do occur in schools.

In the case of head lice, an information pamphlet is sent to every member of a class where the lice was found. It uses current information from the Province of Manitoba Department of Health and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority describing how to identify and control the spread of head lice. It is parent's responsibility to treat and check your child for this condition. In the case of pink eye, impetigo, etc., children should be treated by a doctor and parents should obtain medical confirmation that attendance at school is not a health risk to others.

Student medication

Parents requesting that school staff administer medication must first complete and submit the 'Authorization for the Administation of Prescribed Medication' forms available at the office. Prescribed medications shall be administered only if the student cannot attend school without the provision of this medication.

Procedures to be followed:

  1. Parents will be asked to complete the necessary forms. Parents are required to bring the medication to school. Please do not send the medication with the student.
  2. A receipt of medication procedure will be completed. Please note that all medication must be in an up-to-date dispensary container and will be stored in the office or refrigerator as necessary.
  3. The school will not administer the first dose of any new prescription.
  4. Only prescribed medications with a prescribing physician's order/pharmacist's label can be administered in school.
  5. Students requiring epipens must have them on their person at all times.

For additional information please consult the brochure "Administering Medication to Students in Schools" which is available upon request in our school office or contact Lisa Crabb at 958-6412.