Health and Wellness

Medications at school

OCDSB policy requires that certain forms be completed before any medication, even over-the-counter medication such as cough syrup, may be brought to and administered at school. For your convenience, we've provided links to the relevant medical forms. Please note that some of these forms require a physician's signature.

For antibiotics, aspirin, cough syrup or any other oral medication, whether prescribed by a physician or bought over-the-counter, please have your physician sign either 
OCDSB 285 - Self-Administration of Oral Medication Authorization or 
OCDSB 286 - Administration of Oral Medication Authorization.
These forms need to be signed and received before any medication can be administered at school, whether it is for an on-going, short term, or just a single day condition.

For students who may require the use of an inhaler, an auto-injector are Diabetic, or have any other medical condition, please use our Plan of Care form
Plan of Care for Life Threatening Medical Condition.

We recommend that students wear auto-injector fanny packs and that a second auto-injector be kept in the Office.

To help keep our students safe, the relevant forms and any medication to be kept at school should be brought into the office as soon as possible at the beginning of each school year. The forms are valid only for the school year in which they were signed, and must be completed and signed each school year.

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OCDSB schools no longer collect immunization information.  Parents/guardians should report updates to their children's immunization information to Ottawa Public Health directly using one of these methods:

  • Fax: 613-580-9660
  • Phone: 613-580-6744
  • iPhone/Android App:  CANImmunize App - available as free download at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.  Once downloaded the App can be accessed online at
  • Mail: Public Health Immunization Program, Mail Code 26-44, 100 Constellation Dr, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
  • Online:

Dental Screening & Dental Programs

Ottawa Public Health provides free monthly dental screening for all ages, including adults. Click on the link above to see a calendar showing dates and locations (located under Health Services). OPH also offers free dental programs for eligible children and youth (17 and under). Apply on-line at

Eye See ... Eye Learn (ESEL) 

Eye health - How Well Can Your Child See? In Ontario, all children can receive an annual comprehensive eye exam covered by OHIP until they are 20 years old. Junior Kindergarten students can receive free prescription eyewear through the ESEL program.  

First Words

Ontario's Preschool Speech and Language Program offers education, assessment and Speech-language therapy for families with children under 5 years of age. Children between the ages of 0-5 years can access First Words, which is free of charge and delivered in both official languages. Call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 extension 28020 and speak to a Public Health Nurse about any issues related to speech and language. Visit the First Words website at First Words to get information and tips on how to promote speech and language development and for a list of upcoming screening clinics.

Bring your child (age 0 to eligibility for Senior Kindergarten) to a First Words Screening Clinic. They are free,don’t require an appointment and are open to families who live in Ottawa.

Pinecrest- Queensway Community Health Centre  

The Centre offers many programs and workshops. Click on the link above for more information.


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