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. To download a PDF copy of the current newsletter inserts, click here. 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.