Healthy Schools Initiative

classroom health learning

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

What is a healthy school?

A healthy school is a place where students have opportunities to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

In a healthy school, wellness is part of all areas of school and learning so students can achieve more.

A healthy school involves all members of a school community: students, parents and guardians, teachers, administrators, school staff, health partners and community groups.

How can Island Health support your school?

The Healthy School Team can help your school:

  • identify health priorities or topics to focus on, like mental health, school connectedness, nutrition, etc.
  • 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

How can you get involved?

If you are a parent or school staff and want to get involved, contact your local health unit to find out how.

View and share Healthy Schools Stories in your community and check out other examples of healthy schools across BC.

Inserts for School Newsletters

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.

School Absenteeism Reporting

Completion of this online form will help Island Health Communicable Disease Program monitor for seasonal influenza and other diseases in the community. 

This online form is to be completed by the school principal or designate on each day when the school absenteeism rate is significantly increased. A guideline for determining "significantly increased" is approximately 10% above the normal rate of absenteeism for the time of year.

School Districts on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island West More Info
Vancouver Island North More Info
Port Alberni More Info
Victoria More Info
Sooke More Info
Saanich More Info
Gulf Islands More Info
Cowichan Valley More Info
Qualicum More Info

Locations

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

250-519-6756

Services

News & Events

island health mag fall 19

Island Health Magazine Fall 2019

The fall issue of Island Health magazine includes articles on Active Transportation, Recovery Success Stories and Handling Bats. This issue also features articles on Handling the Holidays including the Importance of Self-Care and Lightening up your Holiday Dinner.

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​​​​​​​Port Alice Health Centre service model announced

​​​​​​​Port Alice Health Centre service model announced

Island Health is pleased to announce a new service delivery model for Port Alice, based on recent conversations with the Village Council, Port Alice Health Forum and community members.

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Back to School Tips to Combat Anxiety and Stress

Back to School Tips to Combat Anxiety & Stress

Vancouver Island – School starts next week and while some children may be excited to see friends and get back into a routine, other children will feel anxious and worried.

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