Healthy Schools

What vaccines are offered in schools?

The local health units offer the following vaccines in schools annually:

  • Grade 7 students: Hepatitis B and Meningococcal A, C, W, Y conjugate
  • Grade 8 female students: Human Papillomavirus

For information or to contact someone regarding in-school immunization, contact your local health unit.

Immunizations required for school attendance:

As of July 1 2014 the Immunization School Pupils Act has added vaccination against  three additional diseases that  students require for entry to school; they are  meningococcal disease, Pertussis (whooping cough) and varicella (chickenpox) . These three vaccines are in addition to existing requirements for proof of immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.

Your local health unit is required under the Immunization of School Pupil’s Act (ISPA) to collect and maintain up-to-date records of all the above immunizations for every child registered in school. Now is a good time to contact your health care provider to discuss your child’s immunization needs in light of the new legislation. Parents are required to contact the health unit to update immunization records for their children or provide a valid affidavit. Visit your local health unit website for more information.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Call 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 extension 8807 or visit simcoemuskokahealth.org

Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit

1-866-888-4577 or visit hkpr.on.ca

What does Trillium Lakelands District School Board do to prevent outbreaks of head lice in the classroom?

Your child will be checked regularly for head lice while at school. While having head lice is not considered a health hazard, it is a nuisance and uncomfortable. The Board works hard to minimize the incidence of head lice, and we need your help. Head lice checks are run by parent volunteers.

Trillium Lakelands DSB has a Policy and Procedure regarding the management of pediculosis.

How can I help to prevent outbreaks of head lice?

You can help by volunteering at your child’s school, and by conducting your own weekly head checks. For more information, review the Head Lice Information Brochure!

 

Nutrition in Schools

Trillium Lakelands DSB is committed to creating healthy nutrition-based learning and working environments for staff and students. Through our current Nutrition Policy and the Ministry’s Nutrition Standards for Ontario Schools, equal access to healthy food choices for all staff and students will continue to be a priority in all our schools.

There has been a lot of research showing that healthy eating by children and teenagers promotes better growth and intellectual development. Schools have an important role to play in helping students lead healthier lives, including teaching students the skills to make healthy choices.
Our Nutrition Policy promotes healthy eating messages and healthy food choices in all schools in the Board. The new Standards will be an important next step in creating healthier schools.
The Ministry offers a useful document Nutrition Standards for Ontario Schools that lists foods allowed and not allowed for sale in schools. These standards follow the Canada’s Food Guide and ensure that the food and beverages sold in schools help in students’ healthy growth and development. Food and beverages sold in all school venues (e.g. cafeterias, vending machines, tuck shops), through all programs (e.g., catered lunch programs) and at all events (e.g. bake sales) must meet new specific nutrition standards. At least 80 per cent of all food choices available for sale must have higher levels of essential nutrients and lower amounts of fat, sugar, and sodium. Products that contain few or no essential nutrients or contain high amounts of fat, sugar, and sodium will not be sold in schools.
The Ministry of Education has prepared a useful Q and A to answer your questions on this topic.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board is implementing a phased-in approach with full implementation of the Food and Beverage Standards to occur September 1, 2011.  Beginning in September 2010, items for sale in school cafeterias will begin to reflect some of the more healthy choices promoted in the new standards. Check out the 100% Healthy Club site
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
hkpr.on.ca
1-866-888-4577

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
simcoemuskokahealth.org
Call your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or toll free 1-877-721-7520