Healthy students are better learners and better-educated individuals are healthier. A healthy school is one that consistently strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for learning, playing, and working.
Students will have many opportunities in every aspect of their school experience to foster their healthy physical, mental, social and intellectual development.
Northern Health supports the Comprehensive School Health Framework, an approach to healthy schools that links health and education professionals, families, and surrounding communities to promote the health of people in the school setting.
- Canadian Best Practices Portal: School health – Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Best and promising practices and program planners for promoting school health.
Northern Health notifications regarding COVID-19:
- Update to Northern Health school supports due to COVID-19 (PDF, June 1, 2020) - Letter to schools.
- Immunizations for school-age children in the context of COVID-19 (PDF, June 1, 2020) - Letter to parents, guardians and caregivers.
- 2020 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (PDF, February 10, 2020) - Letter to schools.
- 2020 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (PDF, February 10, 2020) - Letter to parents, guardians and caregivers.
Northern Health letters to superintendents of schools, independent school authorities, First Nations schools, parents, guardians, caregivers and/or representatives:
- 2020 BC Winter Games in Fort St. John (PDF, January 29, 2020)
- Seeking immunization enrollment information (PDF, January 23, 2020)
- Requirements under BC’s new vaccination status reporting regulation (PDF, November 4, 2019)
- Vaping awareness (PDF, October 11, 2019)
- School Medical Officers under the School Act (PDF, September 16, 2019)
- Supports provided to schools by Northern Health (PDF, August 23, 2019)
- Public health approach to non-medical Cannabis (PDF, May 15, 2019)
- Population and Public Health Dental Services for children (PDF, April 2, 2019)
- Measles campaign (PDF, March 29, 2019)
- Supporting the health benefits of the Ministry of Education’s SOGI 123 Initiative (PDF, March 22, 2018)
Northern Health general notifications to schools:
- Northern Health supports for schools (PDF, 2019/20 school year)
- Opioid overdose information for schools (PDF)
- Ways to prevent and manage communicable diseases in schools (PDF)
- Information sheets and brochures - BC Epilepsy Society
- Understanding students with epilepsy - Tips for teachers (PDF) - BC Epilepsy Society
- A quick guide to common childhood diseases (PDF) - BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
- BC Early Hearing Program - Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
- Do Bugs Need Drugs? - Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
- HealthLink BC - Government of BC
- Sneezes and diseases: A resource book for caregivers and parents (PDF) - Vancouver Coastal Health
Northern Health programs:
Head lice resources from Northern Health:
At school entry (4-6 years of age) students are offered vaccinations against Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis/Polio, Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Chickenpox (MMRV) and any other childhood vaccinations that may be overdue. Kindergarten immunizations are offered through Primary Care Homes where information is sent home regarding these dates and times.
Read the Northern Health tips found in the "Preparing your child for immunization" document for some DO'S and DONT'S you as a parent may find helpful.
Resources from Immunize BC:
- Evidence-based immunization information and tools for BC residents
- I Boost Immunity and Kids Boost Immunity
- Vaccine schedules
BC Ministry of Health consent forms:
We are here for you 24-7
- BC Suicide Line: 1-800-784-2433
- Northern BC Crisis Line: 1-888-562-1214
- Youth Crisis Line: 1-888-564-8336 or text to 250-564-8336
Curriculum, guides, toolkits, and resources:
- Apps and tools – Foundry BC
- Assessment toolkit for bullying, harassment, and peer relations at school - Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
- Community services near you (interactive map) – Foundry BC
- erase = expect respect and a safe education - Government of BC
- HEADSTRONG School-based Activities Toolkit (PDF) - Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
- Helping schools: iMinds – University of Victoria
- Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre - BC Children's Hospital
- Make hope happen: Youth mental wellness toolkits for change - Youth Mental Health Canada (YMHC)
- Mental health and substance use - Northern Health
- Positive Mental Health Toolkit (2nd Edition) – Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH)
- The Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide – Teen Mental Health
- WE Schools Network - An initiative of WE Charity
- What is anxiety? – Anxiety Canada
- What is social and emotional learning (SEL)? – Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
- Be Active Every Day (annual initiative) - Doctors of BC
- Bike to School Week (annual initiative) - Go By Bike BC
- Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines for children and youth (ages 5-17 years) - Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)
- Elementary teachers toolkit - Active for Life
- Moving ahead: School-based interventions to reduce physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour (PDF) - Conference Board of Canada
- Physical activity: Action guide - Healthy Schools BC
- Report card on physical activity for children and youth (PDF, 2020) - ParticipACTION
- School Travel Planning (STP) Toolkit - Green Communities Canada and Ontario Active School Travel
- Teen toolkit: Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines for children and youth (PDF) - PartcipACTION
- Unstructured play: Toolkit - Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
- Walk This Way - Parachute
- Child safety: Streets and motor vehicles - HealthLink BC
- Elementary road safety - Parachute
- Pedestrian safety - Parachute
- Road safety - Northern Health
- Road safety for educators - Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
- Road safety for your kids - Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
- Safety reminders for back to school - Canada Safety Council
- School zone safety - British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA)
- Walk This Way - Parachute
- All about choices: Sexual and reproductive health services in BC - Options for Sexual Health
- Elementary school sexual health manual: A guide for grade 4-7 teachers to support health and career education (PDF) - Northern Health
- Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity - SOGI 1 2 3 (Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities)
- Parents and teachers: Be proactive. Be prepared. - Teaching Sexual Health, Alberta Health Services
- School based sexual health education (PDF) - Northern Health
- Sex and U: Your trusted resources for sexual and reproductive health - Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)
- Sex ed for the real world: Inclusive, comprehensive, supportive, sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults - Scarleteen
- Sex ed programs: Looking for the experts? - Options for Sexual Health
- Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN)
- Sexual health resources for teachers and PHNs (PDF) - Interior Health
- Northern Health Assessment Network (NHAN)
- Nursing Support Services (NSS) - BC Children's Hospital, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
- Resources for families and support teams of children and youth with neurodevelopmental diagnoses (e.g., autism, FASD) during COVID-19 (PDF) - Northern Health
- Cannabis education resources – Government of Canada. This site provides resources to help you better understand the new Canadian cannabis legal system.
- Get cannabis clarity – Government of BC
- Helping schools - Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)
- Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – BC Children's Hospital. This site has a broad range of mental health and substance use information for children, youth and families.
- LET'S TALK OPIOIDS, including fentanyl: A parent's guide to understanding opioid use by youth (PDF) - Drug Free Kids Canada
- Mental health and substance use - Northern Health
- Mental health and substance use information you can trust – HeretoHelp, BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use Information. This site provides detailed information on substances, guides and pamphlets on safer consumption, youth consumption, ways to talk to youth, and families.
- Weed Out the Risk (WOTR): An anti-crash course on cannabis and driving – in partnership with MADD Canada, YMCA Canada and The John Howard Society
- Youth and emerging adults – Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. This site houses many reports and information on substance use trends, practices from a prevention, and harms reduction approach.
- Youth Engagement Toolkit 2018 - Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH)