Health and Wellness


We all want our children to be healthy. Despite hand-washing and other measures, medication is sometimes required.

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 while at school, please have your ​physician​ sign OCDSB 285 - Self-Administration of Oral Medication. As well, please complete OCDSB 802 - Serious Medical Conditions Registration; physician signature is not required.

For students who may require an auto-injector while at school, please have your ​physician​ sign OCDSB 616 - Severe, Life-Threatening Allergy Protocol Registration. As well, please complete OCDSB 405 - Emergency Use of Auto-Injector Authorization; physician signature is not required. We recommend that students wear auto-injector fanny packs and that a second auto-injector be kept in the Office.

For diabetic students, please complete OCDSB 902 - Diabetes Emergency Treatment Protocol Registration and OCDSB 802 - Serious Medical Conditions Registration. Neither of these forms require physician signature.

For students with medical conditions such as epilepsy, heart condition,  pace-maker or any other serious medical condition, please complete OCDSB 802 - Serious Medical Conditions Registration. Physician signature is not required.

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 downwload 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:


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 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.

Eye See ... Eye Learn (ESEL) Program:  Junior Kindergarten students can receive free prescription eyewear through the ESEL program.  

Only children born in 2014 may participate in the program until June 30, 2019. Children born in 2015 will be eligible as of July 1, 2019.  

FIRST WORDS:  Preschool Speech and parents, early years providers and health professionals by providing health promotion and prevention education, screening clinics for early identification, assessments and intervention services and by assisting in the transition to school for preschool children.  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 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.

If you are unable to attend any screening clinic, please call the First Words Intake office at 613-737-7600 extension 2500 to discuss a self-referral.


The Centre offers many programs and workshops. Click on the link above for more information or contact Waffa Elhaddad: 

Family Support

RECE/Waffa Elhaddad, Family Resource Facilitator- Circle of Support

Children and Family Services

Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre

1365 Richmond RoadOttawa, Ontario

phone:1 613-820-4922 ext 3379

Fax: 1 613-288-3407


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