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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.

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 Healthy Schools Program has been developed based on input from local educators, principals, support staff, and school board staff. 

With the program, schools will receive:

The Healthy Schools Toolkit

The purpose of this resource is to assist schools in creating a healthy school environment by providing strategies, tips and tools that focus on a comprehensive approach to school health. The Healthy Schools Toolkit will guide you through a four step process to help you along your healthy school journey. A comprehensive Healthy Schools approach is the most effective method to address the needs of children, families, schools and communities. This integrated approach to health promotion gives students numerous opportunities to participate in, observe and learn positive health attitudes and behaviours.

Click the image above to browse the toolkit to learn more
Healthy Schools Toolkit Tools
(click image above for a PDF booklet version of the tools)

Want to get started? Connect with us by filling out the Healthy Schools Program contact form.

Together we can create healthy school communities!

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

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 10 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.