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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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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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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.