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
  • support student and staff health and wellbeing
  • explore and collaborate on healthy schools plans

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

Anaphylaxis

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

COVID-19 - BCCDC 
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 

Diabetes and Glucagon
  • Diabetes in Schools: includes general information on type 1 and type 2 diabetes, glucagon administration, low blood sugar and planning – Province of BC
  • Nursing Support Services: support for school staff caring for children with diabetes – BCCH NSS
  • Basqimi (nasal glucagon) administration - Basqimi
  • Diabetes at School: resource for caregivers and schools to help children with type 1 diabetes
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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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
Let’s Talk: Mealtime Conversation Cards for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Nurturing Confidence – Food, Eating and Bodies in Schools
School Food Programs – connect with healthy schools staff at your public health unit

Granting Programs

BC Vision Zero in Road Safety Grant Program
Island Health Resilience and Safety Grants, Focus area two: Increasing youth resilience
Island Health Youth Harm Reduction Award

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 and Vaccines

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

Injury Prevention

Concussion Awareness Training Tool - CATT 
BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Injury Priorities - BCIRPU

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

Nursing Support Services

Complex Healthcare Needs/Nursing Support Services 

Physical Activity and 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

Seizure Care

BC Epilepsy Society- Partners in Teaching  
Center For Epilepsy & Seizure Education in BC
Epilepsy - HealthLinkBC
Nursing Support Services: support seizure care in the school setting – BCCH NSS

Sexual Health/Maturation

Island Health Youth Clinics
Healthy Sexuality
Teaching Sexual Health - lesson plans & tools for teachers (Gr 4-12) and parent resources

School Newsletter Inserts

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

Sleep

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

Websites
  • Resources and evidence to support health, well being and achievement in children and youth at schools – Joint Consortium for School Health
  • Programs and resources for school health, including comprehensive school health tools and teach food first - Healthy Schools BC
  • Curated and contributed curriculum based content from educators and contributors - ShareEdBC

Services

News & Events

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Resilience and safety grant recipients

People and organizations in communities across the Island Health region will benefit from almost $1.2 million awarded through 29 resilience and safety grants.  

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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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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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