Welcome to the Health Centre information site

Here at Appleby College the school nurses address the physical, mental, emotional and social well-being of our students. Our ultimate goal is to support student success in the learning process.

School nurses promote and maintain optimal student health by:

  • Providing first aid / arranging assessments and assistance to students who become ill or injured at school. (Whether due to a physical, social or emotional cause.)
  • Communicating with parents and guardians when further medical care or attention may be needed.
  • Supporting the Health curriculum in teaching health lessons to students and serving as a resource to classroom teachers.
  • Educating the school about Health matters that effect students or stafff.
  • Collaborating with other schools, professionals, parents, guardians, and the students health team as needed to foster maximal student success.
  • Providing health counsel to students as needed.
  • Working closely with student guidance counsellors and school directors to address a student's social and emotional well-being.

Health Centre Information


Health Centre Director
Mrs. Marlene MacLellan R.N. ​​​
905-845-4681 ext. 234 ​
Full Time Nurses
Mrs. M. Campbell R.N. ​​​
Mrs. J. Shrum R.N.
Mrs. S. Mackay​ R.N. ​​​​
Part Time Nurses
Mrs. A. Kim R.N. ​​​​​
Mrs. B. Kenned​​y​ R.N.​
Administrative Assistant
Ms. Natasha Silva ​​
School Doctor
  • The Health Centre houses a private medical practice, Appleby College Medical, which is separate from Appleby College
  • The school doctor, Dr. Rajani, is part of this practice. She is responsible for the medical care of our international boarding students. These students can make an appointment to see Dr. Rajani or attend walk-in clinics run by this practice.
  • On weekends, the office is closed. As needed, students will be directed to one of the several walk-in clinics in the surrounding area.
  • Day students and local boarders will only be seen by the school doctor in an extreme emergency situation. They run a very busy private practice.

Defibrillator Locations

​​​​​Appleby College has several AED's on campus: ​​
  • Health Centre
  • Arena ​​​
  • Willis Hall (in front of the Business Office) ​​​​​
  • Dining hall Foyer ​​​
  • Chapel ​​​
  • Reception ​​​
  • Weekend Duty Teachers carry a mobile defibrillator

Medication at Appleby

Medication should be given at home whenever possible. However, if a medication must be administered during school hours (prescription or over-the-counter), proper authorization must be provided to the school:

  • Written permission using the school Medication Form or
  • the medication must be brought to school by the parent/caregiver and be in the original container with proper labeling

Please note that herbal remedies and nutritional supplements are not considered medications and cannot be given by the school nurses.

Medication in residence

  • No over the counter medications (e.g. Advil, Tylenol, cough or cold syrup) are allowed in the residence rooms

  • Supplements, vitamins, and homeopathic remedies need to be reviewed by the nurse in the Health Centre before they are allowed in residence rooms

  • All medication/supplements/vitamins etc. must be packaged in English, or there must be translated-to-English information about the medication available for review.

  • Prescribed temporary medication (e.g. antibiotics) are allowed to be kept in residence with permission from the school doctor.

  •  Birth control pills are allowed to be kept in residence and self-administered.

  • Prescribed daily medications (for example anti-depressants). Students will be given one weeks' worth of medication dispensed by the nurses or by parents on the weekend.(see medication form above)

  • If parents are dispensing their child's weekly medications from home we still require to know what medications students are taking and have in residence.
  • Any changes to a student's medication over the school year should be communicated to the Health Centre. 

Allergy Shots (Boarding Students Only):

  • Allergy shots may be given by the school nurses however we do require a signed allergy shot sch​edule with dosing, timing and any other relevant information. 
  • This must be completed by a Canadian prescribing physician.
  • Students will have to see the School Doctor to review allergy shot information if the allergy shots are not prescribed by a Canadian Physician
  • Students must remain in the Health Centre for 15 minutes after the injection.​

Reportable Diseases

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When students can't be in class or in residence

Boarding Students

  • There are a limited number of beds available for boarding students when they are unwell.
  • If a student has a fever they must stay in the Health Centre until they are 24 hours fever free.
  • If a local boarder would like to go home to rest due to an illness they may go home after an assessment by the nurse, with their parents/guardians approval.
  • Students over 16 may go home on their own with approval from his/her parent.
  • If boarding students are not in class they must be in the Health Centre. Boarding students are not allowed to rest in residence if they are missing class.

Day Students

  • There may be times when a day student needs to rest for a short period of time. This is at the nurses' discretion and if there are beds available.
  • If a Day student is unwell he/she should stay home.
  • If a Day student comes to the Health Centre and is too unwell to stay in class, the nurse will call home. The student should be picked up as soon as possible.
  • Students over 16 may go home on their own with approval from his/her parent. If a student has a fever they should not attend school until they are 24 hours fever free.
  • If a student has an infectious disease (e.g. pink eye, strep throat) they should not be at school or in residence until they have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours. Boarding students will need to be in the Health Centre if unable to go home or stay at a guardians. If you are unsure please call the Health Centre and speak to the nurse. Pleaser refer to the Reportable Diseases Section.
  • Day students will need to contact the school at the reception desk to let them know they will not be in classes. If they become ill at school they need to come see the nurse.

You can help us offer the best support to your child by keeping us informed:

  • Letting us know if something about your child's physical/mental health changes throughout the year. This would include letting us know about any surgeries, allergies, medication, immunizations received or diagnosis.

  • Directing all medical notes to the Health Centre. The Health Centre will inform others here at Appleby who need to know and add the notes to the student's medical file on campus.

All information is kept confidential and is only shared with you and your child's permission and only to those who need to know. From time to time the Health Centre may call to inquire about a student. We care about our students and do this to provide the very best care we can.

Concussion Protocol

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Off Games

Off Games: ​Restrictions preventing any student from fully participating in all activities here on campus.

Short Term Off Games (<2 days)

  • Boarders
    • After assessment by the nurse, may receive and off games card for up to two days.
    • Students need to rest in the Health Centre or stay with his/her class/team.
  • Day Students
    • Need parental permission (phone call, email, or note).
    • Can only be given for two days.
    • Students need to rest in the Health Centre or stay with his/her class/team.

​Long Term Off Games (restrictions longer than 2 days)

  • Boarders and Day Students
    • A note must be submitted to the Health Centre for any student who is going to be off games for longer than two days.
    • The note should contain a brief explanation of the illness, any restrictions for physical activity and the expected length of time the student will be off games.
    • Students/Parents will be expected to update the Health Centre with changes in condition.
    • Please note that for long term off games we will require a note from a medical doctor outlining the length of restrictions and the reason for the restrictions and a note clearing them to return to play.

Flu Clinic

Appleby College Flu Vaccination Clinic

Monday, October 29, 2018
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Athletic Therapy Department


  • Please wear a shortsleeve top
  • Health card not required
  • You will need to stay for 15 minutes after your injection
  • Appleby College nurses can vaccinate anyone 6 months and older

Let's do our part in keeping our community healthy.

Please note we will have a limited supply of flumist. If your child is between the ages of 2-17 years, they can be vaccinated through this nasal spray for free at your doctor's or Public Health Department flu clinics. It is licensed in Canada for people between the ages of 2-59 years but only publicly funded for children from age 2-17 years.

If you would like further information on the Flu, please visit: http://www.halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=66806


Unfortunately Appleby College Health Centre is not able to maintain or track student’s up-to-date immunization records as Public Health, travel immunization clinics and family physicians do not share this information with schools.

The Ministry of Health requires we collect a full record of immunizations the first year you (or your child) attend Appleby College. We then forward this record to the Public Health Department. They maintain the most up to date immunization records and track all mandatory school immunizations for all students attending schools in Ontario. It is then the responsibility of the parent or student to request a copy of their immunization record from the Public Health Department and to update the Public Health Department with all immunizations they receive. As a safety concern, please understand that we cannot provide immunization records as they may not reflect the most updated accurate information.

The Public Health Department has simplified the process of obtaining your (or your child’s) record. You may now request and report all immunizations online via the link below. 

http://www.halton.ca/immunize ​


Mandatory School Vacinations:

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Public Health Department Vaccine Clinics

The 3 clinic dates for the vaccinations 2018-2019 school year are:










​9-11 am

​Athletic Therapy

​HPV #1

​7 (M1)

Male & Female


​7 (M1)

​Male & Female



​9-11 am

​Athletic Therapy


​7 (M1)

​Male & Female





​9-11 am

​Athletic Therapy

​HPV #2

​7 (M1)

​Male & Female


​7 (M1)

​Male & Female​

Head Lice

​​Please let us know if your child might have head lice.

If the nurses expect your child might have head lice:

  • Parents will be notified
  • All students with suspected head lice need to be referred to a Lice Removal Service

Once a student is confirmed to have head lice:

  • Parents will be notified that there was a student in their child's grade with head lice.
  • Student is not allowed to return to classes until professionally cleared and a note provided to the Health Centre.
  • Boarders will need to go home or to a guardians, or stay in the Health Centre until they are cleared.
  • Boarders are not allowed back on campus until the Health Centre receives a letter from a Lice Removal Service or from their doctor indicating that they are lice free.

Lice Removal Services:



Public Health Department Information Site​

Head Lice Screening 

Helpful Tips

Some tips to prevent spreading germs when you are sick and how to protect yourself when others around you are sick

1. Avoid close contact 

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing. Cough into your elbow, not your hands. It may prevent those around you from getting sick

4. Wash your hands! Wash your hands! Wash you hands!

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

Germs often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. 

6. Practice other good health habits

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Let's continue in working together in keeping our community healthy! 

Anaphylactic Policy

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Asthma Policy

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Diabetes Policy

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Epilepsy Policy

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Health Centre Contact Information

Registered Nurses            Email: nurses@appleby.on.ca
Phone: 905-845-4681 ext. 229
Emergency 24 hour cell phone: 905-580-2054
Fax: 905-845-1122

Nurses 24 hour emergency cell phone number: 905-580-2054 (when campus is open).
In class phones: press CALL then dial 911 for an ambulance or dial 229 to get the Appleby Nurse.

Please note, when the campus is closed, the nurses do not carry their cell phones. For emergencies, please call 911.

Appleby College Student Health Centre

  • Staffed with a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, 6 days a week (Sunday 7pm until Saturday 7pm).
  • Saturdays from 7pm until Sunday at 7pm, the nurse is available via cell phone for emergencies.
  • All students at Appleby College can access the nurse. The nurse's services are free of charge.
  • The nurses have access to the school doctor for consultation purposes.

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