Healthy school communities support the wellness of all members and strive to be healthy settings for living, learning, and working. School Boards, as governors, set policies which contribute to healthy school communities and educational success.
Alberta Health Services has developed a Comprehensive School Health website to support the development and implementation of healthy school policies. The resources which appear assist in assessing policy readiness; support the policy development, implementation, and evaluation stages; and provide various policy guidelines on such topics as:
The Supporting Every Student Learning Series is intended to support professional learning opportunities for school and school authority leaders around creating or enhancing welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that support student success and wellbeing. The series provides access to information on research and evidence-based practices through recorded “TedTalk” style presentations and conversation guides, with links for further information.
Healthy School Communities
Alberta Health Services - Support for Healthy School Communities
Healthy students are better learners and better-educated students are healthier
The Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach is used widely within Alberta to improve student health and educational success. Parents and school councils play an integral role in supporting the CSH approach. Parents can help create healthy school communities in many different ways. For example, they can act as:
Leaders in planning and implementing wellness initiatives within schools or the broader community. For example, being part of a school health team or engaging with community organizations such as a local recreation centres.
Role models for their children by practicing healthy behaviours at home and taking part in family events hosted at the school or in the community.
Advocates for healthy school environments by voicing their opinions with decision makers, including wellness on school council meeting agendas and influencing the development or implementation of wellness policies.
Strong partnerships are central to the success of the CSH approach. Alberta Health Services staff are available to support parents and school councils (and all school community members) in creating healthier environments for students.
The Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund is a joint initiative between the University of Alberta and the University of Alberta's School of Public Health and the Government of Alberta.
The Wellness Fund advances comprehensive school health by funding projects that enhance health and wellness among school-aged children and youth to create sustainable healthy school communities.
A healthy school community is one that embeds a sustainable culture of wellness for children, youth and the entire school community using a comprehensive school health approach to create an inclusive, collaborative and connected environment. It is a school community that constantly strengthens its ability as a healthy setting for living, learning and working.
Click here for ideas that School Councils can use to support their own school in becoming a healthier environment.