School Health Services

A healthy school is one that promotes the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of the whole school community. The Ministry of Education recognizes and endorses the Healthy Schools framework in the Foundations for a Healthy School resource.

Every elementary and secondary school in Niagara has a public health nurse attached to it. The public health nurse can partner with teachers, support staff, students and parents to work towards the goal of a healthier school community for everyone.

Available Services

Public Health can help elementary and secondary schools to:

  • Promote the Healthy Schools framework as a best practice model (for example, presentations provided at staff meetings and parent council)
  • Assist schools in creating a Healthy Schools Team
  • Support the planning and implementation of health promotion campaigns that target school wide involvement
  • Provide health and physical education curriculum consultation and support for teaching staff
  • Assist with parent events
  • Connect school's with community resources

Additional services offered to elementary school

Additional services offered to secondary schools

Confidential one-on-one nursing services for students (in select schools) including:

  • Birth control
  • Pregnancy testing and counselling
  • Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
  • Smoking cessation
  • Mental wellness and substance misuse


To learn more about our services, or to speak directly to the public health school nurse at a particular school:

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