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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!

Connect with us by filling out our Healthy Schools Program contact form.

Together we can create healthy school communities!

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Province of Ontario has Declared a Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives.  Read more.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Owner/operators of a businesses, workplaces and/or other community organizations who are unsure of how to adjust operations for COVID-19 are encouraged to visit sector specific guidance regarding provincial lockdown measures at Ontario.ca or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions or need further guidance, please fill out this web form.

During the provincewide shutdown, no indoor social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household. Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 5 individuals, and proper physical distancing must be maintained.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.