The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) endeavours to provide a safe environment in which to learn and work. Issues relating to communicable and infectious diseases will be addressed in a caring and respectful manner consistent with the legal requirements of the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.), the Ministry of Education, and DSBN administrative procedures.
The Principal, under the duties outlined in the Education Act and the Health Protection and Promotion Act, when they are of the opinion that a pupil/staff in the school has or may have a communicable disease, as soon as possible after forming the opinion, must report it to the Medical Officer of Health.
The blood/bodily fluids of every individual are to be considered potentially infectious. Protective gloves and first aid kits will be available in every school and Board building. Gloves must be used when contact with blood/bodily fluids is anticipated and that hands be washed after provision of first aid or handling of blood/bodily fluids.
All blood/bodily fluids spills must be cleaned up by standard DSBN cleaning procedure and that the contaminated area be disinfected. Place all blood/bodily fluids into a small bucket lined with two garbage bag liners. Tightly close the bags and immediately dispose into outside garbage bin.
Education for the staff, students and community members shall be provided as deemed necessary by the principal/supervisor in consultation with the M.O.H. Staff members shall be responsible for being informed about relevant diseases and for adhering to all administrative procedures of the DSBN. Information about infectious and communicable diseases will be provided to all students, as required by the curriculum, in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines.