A focus on health in schools is an important part of enabling all students to reach their full potential.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit supports school boards, teachers, students and parents at 42 elementary schools and 11 high schools with health related programs and services that are congruent with the expectations of the Ontario Health and Physical Education elementary and secondary Curriculum and the Ontario Public Health Standards.
A Health Promoter or Public Health Nurse is assigned to each elementary and high school to assist with implementing components of the four pillars of Comprehensive School Health:
- Social and Physical Environments
- Teaching and Learning
- Healthy School Policy
- Partnerships and Services
Health Unit staff also provides:
- Immunization Clinics
- Dental Screening
- Food Safety Consultations and Tobacco Control
Student Health Centres
Public Health Nurses are available for confidential health advice and counselling. High school students are encouraged to drop in. See the Student Health Centres schedule.
All children attending school between the ages of 4 to 17 need to be immunized according to Ontario’s immunization schedule. Immunization protects children from many serious diseases that are easily spread in schools. For more information see our immunization page.
The Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act lists over 70 communicable diseases that must be reported to local health units. Directors of many institutions, including schools, are responsible for reporting suspected cases of reportable diseases to the local Health Unit. All reports are followed up by a Public Health Nurse or Public Health Inspector.
How to report communicable diseases
For diseases which need to be reported immediately – see the list of see the list of Reportable Communicable Diseases – call 613-735-8653 during office hours and 613-735-9926 during evenings, weekends and holidays.
For diseases which can be reported the next business day, complete the Child Care Facility/School Reportable Disease Reporting Form and fax it to 613-735-3067.
Health for All Schools E-Newsletters
Health and Physical Education Teaching Resources
Teachers in Renfrew County and District can borrow teaching resources from the Health Unit for a two-week period.
Healthy Eating in Schools
The Renfrew County and District Health Unit Dietitian works in partnership with Health Unit school contacts to promote healthy eating in schools.
Formerly called ‘Nutrition Tools for Schools’, BrightBites is a free, non-profit program created by Registered Dietitians working in public health units across the province.
Students and teachers need to eat well to be at their best, physically and mentally. Boosting school nutrition can be challenging. BrightBites makes it easy and rewarding! Win badges, receive recognition and watch your school transform – one bite at a time.
For support to create a healthy nutrition environment in your school contact Carolyn Froats-Emond, RD at 613-735-8651 extension 527.