“Community partnerships provide access to resources and services available to support staff, students, and families in the development and implementation of Healthy Schools initiatives. Various organizations can deliver services within the school setting, including public health.” Ministry of Education: Foundations for a Healthy School.
Simcoe County: COMPASS (Community Partners with Schools)
COMPASS is a network of Community School Teams across Simcoe County. COMPASS teams link schools (elementary and secondary) with local providers of school programs and services including:
- Parenting supports
- Child and youth mental health
- Child protection
- Youth justice
- Community recreation and more.
There are eight COMPASS Community School Teams across Simcoe County: Angus, Barrie, Bradford/Innisfil, Georgian West, North Simcoe, Orillia, South West Simcoe and a Francophone COMPASS serving Simcoe County.
COMPASS partnerships among education, health, social service and other community sectors help everyone work together on a neighbourhood level to best serve children, youth and families.
In Simcoe County becoming involved in the local COMPASS (Community partners and schools) team is a great way to connect with local community partners and school staff professionals. COMPASS meetings are held regularly during the school year in communities across the County. For more information about meetings in your area contact the COMPASS co-chair by accessing the COMPASS section of the Child Youth and Family Services Coalition website.
The COMPASS Brochure
(PDF) provides an overview of COMPASS.
Muskoka: Trillium Lakelands District School Board's Community Partners Breakfast Meetings
The TLDSB Director and representatives from the School Board, including Trustees and consultants, meet with community partners in Muskoka three times a year. Community partners attending the Breakfast meetings are invited to share information and updates on programs and resources they offer to schools and the community. The School Board communicates this information to school principals.