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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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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.

Healthy Schools Toolkit

Click the image above to browse the toolkit to learn more.

Click the image above to download the action team resource for secondary students and teachers.

Healthy Schools Tool

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!

Monitoring and evaluation

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News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Educators

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Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.


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