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Schools & Child Care

Supporting Student Health and Well-being

Supporting student health and well-being is a collaborative effort. At times, it can be challenging for school leaders, staff or families to navigate the range of services available in our local community. We are one of many service providers available to assist you.

Please click on the links below for resources and supports related to a variety of health topics that may be of interest to you and your school.

If you are concerned about a student and unsure of where to access support, find out where to get help.

Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-being

Supporting student mental wellness requires various tiers of support. School Mental Health Ontario has resources to help administrators and educators provide support to students.

For parents who are concerned about their child’s mental health relating to the pandemic and infection control measures, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has prepared a Back-to-School Mental Health Kit to empower families to support their child’s mental health and to help find mental health supports when needed.

More detailed information about Youth Health in Simcoe Muskoka, including current mental health status, is available online through the health unit’s 2017 Focus Report.

Health Unit Clinics

We are here to help students and families access credible health information and to reduce barriers to service. Read on to learn more about some of the clinics we offer:

Reporting Infectious Diseases and Exposures

School administrators have responsibilities for reporting infectious diseases and exposures to their local public health unit. The information below is intended to assist you:/p>

Supporting families with non-reportable concerns

Occasionally, Families may encounter concerns that don’t need to be reported to the local health unit. For example, concerns about bed bugs and head lice fall into the non-reportable category. To support schools and families the following information is available:

Supporting Students with Prevalent Medical Conditions

The Ontario Ministry of Education provides direction to school boards (via PPM 161) to have policies and procedures in place to support children and students with certain medical conditions in schools, including Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy.

We do not offer training or nursing care to individual students related to medical conditions.

Schools are encouraged to review their School Board policies and procedures pertaining to the prevention and management of anaphylaxis and other prevalent medical conditions, including training requirements. Additional information and resources are available on the Ministry of Education website.

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