School Health Information for Professionals

As part of Ontario's Healthy Schools' strategy, schools are encouraged to take action to create healthier places for children to learn.

These pages will provide you with:

  • valuable information and programs that can improve the health of the children at your school.
  • links to initiatives and organizations that can support a healthier learning environment at your school.

How public health nurses support schools

  • The Halton Region Health Department has a mandate to work with schools to promote the optimal health and developmental potential of children and youth. Public health nurses work in schools to enhance the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of the whole community by:
    • building relationships
    • collaborative planning
    • engagement of students, staff, and parents
    • development of community partnerships
  • All schools have access to school health information and resources (e.g. School Health ENews, HaltonParents, Newsletter inserts).
  • Intensive PHN support is provided to school clusters (i.e., a high school and their feeder schools) selected by the school boards.
  • Mental health liaison nurses provide comprehensive mental health support in elementary schools.

Making your school healthier

  • The Healthy School Approach is a holistic approach where school administrators, teachers, parents, students and community agencies work together to create an environment that will have a positive impact on a child’s health and learning.
  • If you’re getting started in the healthy school approach, consider the different steps used to implement the Healthy School Approach.
  • A key strategy to building a healthy school is fostering a positive school climate. This can be accomplished by using a variety of approaches including:
    • Asset building: Connecting students with meaningful relationships with adults and peers, and providing skills, opportunities and experiences that will help them thrive.
    • Parent/family engagement: Involving parents/ caregivers as partners in their child’s education and as contributors to a healthy school.
    • Student engagement: Empowering students to be involved and take a leadership role in activities at a classroom and school-wide level.

Common issues impacting students at your school

Have a look at the following health related topics that could be impacting the students at your school. The links contain valuable information and programs that can improve the health of the children at your school.