6 Step Healthy Schools Process
Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification (HS Certification) is based on the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process in alignment with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School resource. This process guides a school community through the planning and implementation of a range of activities for a selected priority health topic. The process is annual, repeating each school year, and flexible for all communities across Ontario to sustain year over year.
Step 1 – Establish Your School Team
Bring together members of your school community to lead Healthy Schools.
This school team must include a School Contact who is a staff member at the school and agrees to facilitate the team which may include students, parents/guardians, public health, and community partners
Step 2 – Assess Your School Community Needs and Assets
Consider what your school needs. What other opportunities are there? You can look at data from your School Climate Survey or from general feedback such as student focus groups.
Look at what you school is already doing well. Determine your strengths and assets including partnerships, resources, finances, and scheduled activities.
Step 3 – Identify Your Priority Health Topic
Based on your school needs and assets, as a school team choose a health topic to focus on for the rest of the school year (you may integrate other health topics). Click on the health topic below to learn more:
Step 4 – Develop An Action Plan
Together as a school team, create an action plan for the Healthy Schools activities your school team will implement.
Step 5 – Take Action and Monitor Progress
Take action by implementing your activities and track your successes and challenges. Make sure to celebrate as you go and recognize those who help along the way!
Step 6 – Celebrate and Reflect
Celebrate your team’s hard work and success! No celebration is too big or too small to recognize the work of your school team, your school, and those who helped out along the way. While a main celebration often occurs at the end of the process, it’s just as important to recognize efforts throughout.