The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is celebrating their success, when it comes to being recognized as healthy-school environments. Through a partnership with the Northwestern Health Unit, 16 KPDSB schools have received Ophea Healthy Schools Certification, with 11 schools receiving gold level certification. Ophea is Ontario’s Physical and Health Education Association.

“This Healthy Schools Certification for KPDSB schools is more than just about healthy active living,” said Sean Monteith, Director of Education for the KPDSB.

“If people take a few minutes to look at the graphics and the data on the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, they will see what the province sees; true leadership, a focus on supporting both students and staff, and a recognition that we need healthy staff to model for healthy students. The Board recognizes the importance of our staff’s personal well-being and are grateful to the Northwestern Health Unit for its leadership and support.”

Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff and the broader community.

Gold:
Evergreen Public School
Beaver Brae Secondary School
Dryden High School
Ear Falls Public School
Ignace School
King George VI School
New Prospect Public School
Open Roads Public School
Red Lake District High School
Red Lake-Madsen Public School
Valleyview Public School

Silver:
Crolancia Public School
Lillian Berg Public School
Queen Elizabeth District High School
Sioux Mountain Public School
Upsala Public School

“The Northwestern Health Unit is a proud partner of KPDSB in the Healthy Schools Certification process,” said Shannon Robinson, manager of Chronic Disease Prevention with the NWHU.

“The engagement and energy that each school has shown to achieve gold or silver certifications shows a Board-wide commitment to creating schools that support student and staff well-being. We look forward to continuing work with KPDSB and are happy to celebrate this significant achievement.”

KPDSB schools make up just under 5 per cent of all schools that registered for the Healthy Schools Certification in Ontario. All high schools in the region have achieved the certification.

Ophea visited BBSS in November of 2017, to host a healthy school leadership day. Students from 13 schools across the district took part in the event, both in-person and online. BBSS was one of four schools across Ontario to host the Ophea workshop.

For more information:
Improving student’s health