School and youth health

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.

View the short video "Comprehensive school health in a nutshell" from the BC society DASH (Dedicated Action for School Health).

Allergy and anaphylaxis information
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Canadian Best Practices Portal for school health
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Communications to schools from Medical Health Officers

Northern Health notifications regarding COVID-19:

Northern Health letters to superintendents of schools, independent school authorities, First Nations schools, parents, guardians, caregivers and/or representatives:

Northern Health general notifications to schools:

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Diabetes and glucagon information
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Epilepsy and school
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General health

Northern Health programs:

Head lice resources from Northern Health:

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Healthy eating
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Immunizations and schools

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:

BC Ministry of Health consent forms:

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Infection control and prevention
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Injury prevention
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Mental health and emotional wellness

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Crisis Prevention, Intervention & Information Centre for Northern BC

Curriculum, guides, toolkits, and resources:

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Physical activity
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Road safety for schools
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Substance use
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Tobacco prevention
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Youth engagement
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