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
Health and Physical Education Teaching Resources
Teachers in Renfrew County and District can borrow teaching materials from the Health Unit for a two-week period.
Elementary School Health and Physical Education Teaching Resources (PDF, 2 pages, 270 KB)
High School Health and Physical Education Teaching Resources (PDF, 2 pages, 270 KB)
E-Newsletters for Teachers
High School Student Health Centres
Public Health Nurses are available for confidential health advice and counselling. Students are encouraged to drop in. See the Student Health Centres schedule.
School Travel Planning
School Travel Planning aims to get more families walking and wheeling to and from school by bringing together community stakeholders to identify barriers to active transportation for each school and develop a written action plan. Benefits include increased physical activity, reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, and enhanced neighbourhood safety.
Healthy Schools 2020
Healthy Schools 2020 addresses childhood obesity by working to enable children in the Champlain region to be physically active and make healthy food choices every day. Healthy Schools 2020 targets school, home, and community environments and uses policy, social marketing, skills and knowledge training, and environmental supports to achieve its goals.
Healthy Schools 2020 is supported by the Champlain Declaration: A Call to Action for Physically Active and Healthy Eating Environments in Schools. The Declaration was signed in 2009 by nine school boards and four public health units in the Champlain region of Ontario in partnership with the Champlain Cardiovascular disease Prevention Network. It expresses a commitment to creating health school environments so that school-aged children (aged 4 to 18) in the Champlain region can be physically active and can make healthy food choices at school on a daily basis.
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.
The Importance of a Healthy School
In a healthy school, the entire school community works together to help children, youth and staff make healthy choices.
Meaningful involvement from students, school staff, parents and community partners can help students build their skills. It can also make planned activities more effective. The health focus is specific to the needs of each school community. A Healthy School is a healthier place for learning and working.
Students in a Healthy School can:
- Improve their concentration and learning
- Increase their confidence, motivation and self-esteem
- Be better able to make important health and life choices
- Have improved access to services in the community
- Build leadership skills
- Attend school more regularly
- Build their resume and earn community service hours
- Help to make their school healthier
Comprehensive School Health
Comprehensive school health is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way.
Comprehensive School Health is not just about what happens in the classroom. Rather, it encompasses the whole school environment with actions addressing four pillars that provide a strong foundation for supporting good health:
- social and physical environment
- teaching and learning
- healthy school policy
- partnerships and services
When actions in all four pillars are harmonized, students are supported to realize their full potential as learners and as healthy, productive members of society.
Renfrew County Food for Learning Student Nutrition Program is a community partnership that provides funding and ongoing support to help schools and community organizations offer healthy breakfast, snack and lunch programs for the children and youth in Renfrew County.
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.