Healthy Schools

Island Health works as a partner with schools, school districts and communities for student health and well-being. Medical Health Officers serve School Boards under the BC School Act.

How can Island Health support your school?

The Healthy School Team can help your school:
  • identify health priorities or topics to focus on
  • provide links to community resources and services
  • support connections with community partners
  • share and interpret health information
  • find resources and grants to support healthy school projects

Contact the Healthy School Team in your area for further information. 


Allergy Aware Resources for School Communities

Body Image and Media Literacy

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Common Childhood Diseases

Quick Guide to Common Childhood Diseases - BCCDC

HealthLinkBC File Search


COVID-19 safe schools - Ministry of Education  
K-12 Schools and COVID-19 - BCCDC

Dental Health

Island Health Dental Program 
BC Healthy Kids Program 
Canada Child Dental Benefit for children under 12
First Nations Health Authority Dental Benefit 


Glucagon Administration in the School Setting

Knowing how and when to administer glucagon to students with Type 1 diabetes is essential for any new and returning school staff who support these students. This 18-minute video, created by our colleagues in Fraser Health, describes the why, what, when and how to support students with/who are at risk of severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). At the end of the session, learners will be able to:

•    State and recognize the causes of low blood sugar
•    Respond to low blood sugar in a student with Type 1 diabetes
•    Administer glucagon by injection or nasal spray

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorder Information Centre that provides phone/chat support, educator/student/family resources & programming - NEDIC

Jessie's Legacy provides eating disorder prevention education, resources & support for BC youth, families, educators and professionals

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BC Epilepsy Society- Partners in Teaching  
Center For Epilepsy & Seizure Education in BC 
Epilepsy - HealthLinkBC 

Food and Nutrition

Canadian Food & Nutrition Resources for Educators (K-12)

Free calls/emails to Dietitians (811) - HealthLink BC

Food and Nutrition Information and Handouts - HealthLink BC

Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene - BCCDC 
Keeping children safe handwashing video & more - BCCDC 
Handwashing - HealthLinkBC 
Wash your hands video for kids - Do Bugs Need Drugs

Immunization & Vaccines

Immunizations - Island Health 
Kids Boost Immunity Curriculum Resources Gr 4-12 
School Immunization Schedules & Factsheets - HealthLinkBC

Kindergarten Preparation

Preschool Age Children (0-5 years old)

Support the Transition to Kindergarten - Province of BC

Helping your Kindergartener with Separation Anxiety - Anxiety Canada

Kindergarten Information for Teachers - Province of BC

Early years development instrument - Human Early Years Partnership with UBC

Lice Management

Head Lice

Mental and Emotional Health

Mental Health & Wellbeing Literacy: Resources for Schools

Physical Activity/Literacy

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines - CSEP

Physical Activity & Literacy in BC Schools - Free lesson plans, pro D & more (K-12) - School PAPL

PLAYBuilder - fun physical activity & games for the gym, classroom & outdoors (K-7) - School PAPL

Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council - ISPARC

Sexual Health

Island Health Youth Clinics

Healthy Sexuality

Teaching Sexual Health

School Newsletter Inserts

Island Health provides newsletter inserts that schools can include in communications to their school community.

Contact your local health unit for copies of newsletter inserts related to communicable diseases.


Getting a Good Night's Sleep - Anxiety Canada
Sleeping Well - Kelty Mental Health 
Sleep Recharges You: Educator Resources - American Sleep Education

Substance Use (including Vaping and Smoking)

Youth & Family Substance Use Resources

Overdose Prevention Services

The ABCs of Youth Substance Use

Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research/Helping Schools 

Vaping and Smoking Resources for Schools 


Ledger House - Children, Youth & Families

Ledger House - Children, Youth & Families

Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health

2400 Arbutus Rd
Victoria, B.C. 
V8N 1V7


Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre

Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre

Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre
Located at the 
Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
741 Third St
Nanaimo,  BC   V9R 7B2

250-755-3333 or cell/text 250-619-0651


News & Events

Child and mother

Children under five years now eligible to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Beginning August 2, 2022, all people over the age of six months in B.C. can now receive protection against the COVID-19 virus, following Health Canada’s approval of the vaccine specifically formulated for children between the ages of six months and five years old.

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A Family Tradition: Three Generations of Nursing Care

A Family Tradition: Three Generations of Nursing Care

Donna McLeod, Shelley McLeod-Garner and Michelle King share something beyond genes.

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Woman smiling at camera with text that reads "you don't need to be in crisis to seek support."

Caring conversations on National Child & Youth Mental Health Day

May 7 is National Child & Youth Mental Health Day. On this day, we highlight the fundamental importance of building caring connections and supportive conversations between young people and the adults in their lives.

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