Ensuring the health and safety of children and students with medical conditions is essential to promoting well-being, and requires a partnership among families, members of the school community and community partners, including health care professionals.
The ministry has provided direction to school boards to have policies and procedures in place to support children and students with certain medical conditions in schools. The policy, known as PPM 161 – Supporting Children and Students with Prevalent Medical Conditions (Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes, and/or Epilepsy) in Schools is to be implemented by school boards effective September 2018.
Resources and Tools
The ministry worked with education partners and several health-based organizations, including the Lung Association – Ontario, Asthma Canada, Food Allergy Canada, Epilepsy Ontario, the Canadian Paediatric Society, Diabetes Canada, Ophea and the Ontario Education Services Corporation to develop tools and resources:
Additional Resources on Medical Conditions
Additional resources and tools for educators are available on the Prevalent Medical Conditions Portal on EduGAINS, a website that houses resources to support the Ministry of Education's policies and programs.