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Healthy Schools

Health and education are linked. Healthy young people are better learners and are more likely to complete their education. Those with a good education are more likely to have better health status.  

Partners in Health!

The Important Role of Schools

Promoting well-being is one of the core goals of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Achieving Excellence vision.  Schools are tasked with developing learning environments that promote and support student well-being – to focus not just on academic success, but also on the whole child so that they may reach their full potential.

The New HPEPH Healthy Schools Program

The new Healthy Schools Program has been developed based on input from local educators, principals, support staff, and school board staff.  Learn more about the 2018-2019 School Health Situational Assessment.

With the new program, schools will continue to receive:

  • clinical services such as immunizations, sexual health clinics, vision screening and oral health screenings, either directly within schools or in Public Health offices.
  • health promotion resource guides, based on the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School Framework, which uses a whole school approach to address health topics in the classroom, school and community.
  • supports to create healthy schools – in partnership with students, school staff, families and community partners.

A pilot phase will run from January 2020 to June 2021.  Watch for more information as we roll out the new program!

Together we can create healthy school communities!

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2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.