School Health

Algoma Public Health

School Health

 

Public health services are available in schools within the District of Algoma. The goal of the School Health Team is to work together alongside school boards and schools to achieve optimal health and wellbeing for school aged children and youth. The link between health and education, provides an ideal setting for children and youth to learn and to develop healthy habits. Healthy students are better prepared to learn, and education is a key determinant of health.

 

The school teams consist of public health nurses, a dietitian, dental hygienists and educators, registered practical nurses, a youth engagement coordinator and support staff.

 

The work of the school health team is guided by the Ontario Public Health Standards, 2018, and the School Health Guideline, 2018. Our work seeks to address the 5 domains that contribute to a healthy school, found in the Foundations for a Healthy School Resource, 2014 framework:

 

  1. Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
  2. School & Classroom Leadership
  3. Student Engagement
  4. Social & Physical Environments
  5. Home, School & Community Partnerships

 

We can provide support for the following topic areas, however not limited to:

 

The role of Public Health in your school:

 

  • Collaborate with students, parents, educators and community partners to promote the health and wellbeing of school age children and youth
  • Provide health education supports and resources
  • Support the implementation of healthy school policies
  • Promote student leadership and engagement while empowering students to develop coping skills and healthy habits
  • Provide clinical services such as immunization and dental screening within applicable grades