Illness & Medical

Attendance Line 403-777-6061  ext. 1.

It is important that you call the school if your child is going to be absent or arriving late.  


If your child is ill, please keep them at home until they are well enough to participate in all school activities. If your child becomes ill during the school day, we will contact you and you will be expected to arrange for your child to be picked up as soon as possible.

Accidents & Injuries

In the event of an accident, several courses of action may be taken depending upon the seriousness of the incident.

  • Scrapes and scratches, or any injury that can be treated with ice and cleaning with soap and water and a band-aid will be dealt with at the school.
  • In the case of sprains, severe cuts, or contusions, home will be notified immediately to decide what actions should be taken.
  • In the case of open and or heavily bleeding wounds, broken bones, unconsciousness, etc. the school will call an ambulance and parents immediately. 
  • Accident insurance is provided upon request and forms are sent home in September.


Allergies pose a significant health risk to some of the students in our school. Severe allergic reactions are also known as anaphylaxis. Although anaphylaxis is somewhat rare, it can be very dangerous, and even cause death. Anaphylaxis occurs as an overreaction of the immune system.The body releases a flood of chemicals such as histamine when exposed to allergens such as peanuts, shellfish or another foods, insect venom, or medicine. These chemicals lead to severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, and shock. An anaphylactic reaction starts quickly and can turn deadly within minutes.

It is possible to keep our allergic students safe at school, but as a community we need to take a some precautions. 

  • Birthdays - are acknowledged by the office during the morning announcements and students receive a “birthday pencil.” We kindly ask that parents DO NOT SEND cakes, cupcakes, or other treats to school.This would be a violation of CBE Administrative Regulation 3047 and puts our students with allergies and food sensitivities at risk.

Please inform your child’s teacher immediately if they have allergies or sensitivities that could be affected at school. This will allow us to create a safety and response plan. 


Parents are required to complete a consent form for staff to supervise personal medication for students. Authorization to administer medication cannot be accepted over the phone and all student medications are kept in the office. Epi-pens are kept in the front pocket of a child's back pack, and back packs will be kept on their personal,labelled coat hook in the classroom or hallway.

Student Health Emergency Response Protocol Form

  • This form is to be used when there is a student health issue requiring attention. This includes when there is a request to administer medication. 

Student Health Plan

This form is to be:

  • completed if a physical or medical condition may affect the student’s attendance at school
  • completed if medication is to be taken at school
  • reviewed and updated annually or sooner if there is a change in the student’s health concern or school registration.
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