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Steps for Building Healthy School Communities

Explore tools, templates and resources that can help guide you through the 6-step process for building healthy school communities.

1. Prepare

Building a healthy school community involves gaining support of school community members, identifying a health champion and creating a collaborative team who will develop a shared understanding of what it means to be healthy school community.

2. Create a Shared Vision

Creating a shared vision involves developing a common understanding of what makes your school a “healthy school”. The vision should be created with the input of all those involved in the school community: staff, students, parents, and community members.

3. Determine Priority Issues

Completing an assessment of the school community will help you to determine priority issues and to identify opportunities for improving student health and learning.

  • Healthy School Planner
    This online tool offers a general assessment of the school health environment as well as specific modules on healthy eating, physical activity, mental health and tobacco misuse. Use the guide to help you navigate the Healthy School Planner. Schools must register online and complete desired modules. Once completed, your school will receive:
    • A confidential report with the results for each module completed
    • Recommendations for how to address the priorities identified in your assessment results
    • A template that you can use to plan actions that will be carried out in your school
  • Healthy Schools Rubric /Rubriques Écoles en santé
    A rubric is a tool used to help describe performance using objective criteria. The Healthy Schools Rubric is a simple tool to evaluate the school environment from a health perspective. Results from the Healthy Schools Rubric can help you identify which areas require further assessment and action. In-depth rubrics allow you to dig deeper to identify priorities related to healthy eating, active living, and positive mental health:

4. Develop an Action Plan

Developing a clear and realistic action plan will keep the school health team focused on addressing the high priority issues identified in the school health assessment.

5. Implement and Monitor

Implementing the action plan begins following all of the planning in the previous steps. The school health team will want to monitor activities to ensure that what was planned is achieved on time and has the intended impact. 

6. Reflect, Evaluate and Celebrate

Reflecting on your work and conducting the evaluation activities described in your action plan will provide feedback to the school health team and school community about all that has been achieved. Celebrate your accomplishments!

Resources

Provincial Teacher Resource List
This list includes both resources that can be used by teachers in the classroom and resources for teachers about specific health topics.

Healthy Children and Healthy Teens Newsletters
These newsletters are targeted at parents of both elementary students and junior/senior high students (available in English and French).

Healthy Schools Calendar
These calendars highlight a wide range of health promotion events and funding opportunities for schools. 

Webinar for Teachers
This short webinar is a guided tour of our webpage and highlights several resources.

Contact Us

AHS Staff are available to help you with building a healthy school community.

For more information email:

cshresources@
albertahealthservices.ca