The Perth District Health Unit aims to achieve optimal health of school-aged children and youth through partnerships and collaboration with school boards and schools. We offer a variety of public health programs and services to schools. These can be requested by any school staff member.

Services provided to all schools in Perth County

Cafeteria Food Safety Inspections

Public Health Inspectors conduct routine inspections and follow up on complaints and suspected foodborne illnesses.

Calling All Three Year Olds (CATYO)

Kindergarten registration and conversation with parents about their child’s developmental milestones. Calling All Three Year Olds is held every November for children entering school the following September.

Dental Screening

Health Unit dental staff conduct dental screenings at all elementary schools.

Immunization

The Health Unit runs school-based immunization clinics across Perth County.

Infectious and Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control

Monitoring of infectious disease rates and investigation of disease outbreaks in an effort to stop their spread as quickly as possible.

Policy Support

Assistance with implementing health-related Policy and Program Memoranda (such as Daily Physical Activity, School Food and Beverage Policy), board- or school-level policies.

Response to Adverse Drinking Water Results

If a school’s water system produces adverse results, the Health Unit advises the school of appropriate action.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act Promotion and Enforcement

The Act protects people from exposure to second-hand smoke by prohibiting smoking in all enclosed workplaces, enclosed public places, and other areas including school properties.

Programs and Services Provided upon Request and as Resources Permit

Curriculum Support

Assistance with implementation of health-related curricula on the following topics: concussions and injury prevention; healthy eating and food safety; healthy sexuality; infectious disease prevention; life promotion and suicide prevention; mental health; oral health; physical activity and sedentary behaviour; road and off-road safety; substance use and harm reduction; and violence and bullying.

Printed Resources

Handouts, posters and more, to enhance your lesson plans

General Health Promotion Support

  • Consultation for creating and implementing a school-wide project or addressing a health-related need.
  • Presentations to staff and/or parents
  • Facilitation of small group sessions to address a specific concern (such as peer relationships)
  • Displays, resources, and/or staff participation in school events (for example health and well-being day, parent/teacher night, welcome to kindergarten orientation, mental health week)

Healthy School Committee Support

Facilitate a group of students to work together to take action on a priority health topic. Health Unit staff can also assist the school with achieving Ontario Physical and Health Education Association healthy schools certification.

Parenting Support

Collaboration with school staff to promote positive parenting for healthy child and youth growth and development.

Elementary School Programs and Services

Bullying Prevention

Support to develop a school-wide initiative to promote kindness, acceptance, and respect and to prevent bullying.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)/Respecting Differences Committee Support

Assist staff and students with initiating and maintaining a Gay Straight Alliance, and creating a safe and inclusive space for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning.

Life Promotion/Coping with Stress

Collaboration with educators to encourage students’ skill development related to coping with stress and preventing suicide.

Self-esteem/Resilience

Elements:

  • Elements is a program for male students in grades 5 and 6. It fosters the development of resiliency and encourages healthy relationships and lifestyle choices through a series of six sessions designed to engage participants. The program is facilitated by trained male volunteers and a Public Health Nurse. Topics include conflict resolution, healthy relationships, screen time, mental health, stress and seeking help.

Teen Esteem:

  • Teen Esteem is a program for female students in grades 5 and 6. It fosters the development of self-esteem and encourages healthy relationships and lifestyle choices through a series of six sessions designed to engage participants. The program is facilitated by trained female volunteers and a Public Health Nurse. Topics include healthy body image, self-esteem, relationships, communication, screen time, stress and resiliency.

Schools are eligible to receive these programs every two years.

Healthy Eating and Food Safety

Information for students and parents about nutrition and safe food handling practices.

Physical activity

Active school travel:

  • Guidance and tools to encourage active modes of travel to and from school (such as walking, biking) and to address school zone congestion and safety.

Playground games leadership training:

  • Interactive 2 to 2.5 hour workshop geared to engaging and empowering youth to be leaders on the playground. The classroom portion covers leadership qualities, problem-solving, safety and planning your program. In the outdoor portion, participants learn new games and lead each other in playing them.

Substance Use (alcohol, cannabis, e-cigarettes, tobacco)

#91 Reasons

  • Interactive and fun one-hour session that educates students that the majority of youth do not smoke and helps them identify their own reasons for being smoke-free. Aimed at students in grades 6 and up.

Think Project:

  • Six-week interactive, after-school program led by high school students employed by the Health Unit. They equip youth with the information they need to make healthy, smart choices about tobacco, energy drinks, alcohol and drugs.

Secondary school programs and services

Bullying Prevention

Support to develop a school-wide initiative to promote kindness, acceptance, and respect and to prevent bullying.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)/Respecting Differences Committee Support

Assist staff and students with initiating and maintaining a Gay Straight Alliance, and creating a safe and inclusive space for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning.

Life Promotion/Coping with Stress

Collaboration with educators to encourage students’ skill development related to coping with stress and preventing suicide.

Healthy Eating and Food Safety

Information for students and parents about nutrition and safe food handling practices.

Food Safety Certification Course

Food handler training certification for students interested in working in food services.

Physical Activity

Females Using Energy for Life (FUEL)

School-based program for girls to empower them to become more active. Offers non-competitive activities and is planned by a student committee.

Sexual Health

Grade 12 Exit Presentations

  • A public health nurse highlights the importance of preventive health services for students as they graduate from high school. The presentation focuses on access to sexual health services and also includes immunization, prescriptions and more.

Substance Use (alcohol, cannabis, e-cigarettes, tobacco)

#91 Reasons:

  • Interactive and fun one-hour session that educates students that the majority of youth do not smoke and helps them identify their own reasons for being smoke-free. Aimed at students in grades 6 and up.

Quit 4 Life:

  • Cessation program for youth who want to quit smoking. Participants will learn why they smoke, what to expect when they quit, how to increase self-confidence to keep trying, and make an action plan to quit successfully.

Weed Out the Risk:

  • Interactive 1.5 to 2 hour classroom-based session to educate students on the road safety risks of driving under the influence of marijuana.

How to request programs and services: