Students and staff at Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) schools are celebrating after earning seventeen Healthy Schools certifications from Ophea. Ophea is a not-for-profit organization that champions healthy, active living in schools and communities and leads the provincial Healthy Schools initiative.
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. Participating schools complete the Six-Step Healthy Schools Process, which aligns with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School resource. Through a point-based system, schools planned their Healthy Schools process over the course of the school year. Schools outline the steps needed to achieve certification and apply to be certified as a gold, silver or bronze.
This school year, SCDSB schools earned eight golds, six silvers, one bronze and two participant level certifications. Among the gold medalist schools were; Baxter Central Public School, Hillsdale Elementary School, Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School, and Orchard Park Public School.
Last year, SCDSB schools earned fifteen certifications. View the full list of 274 healthy schools certifications. This initiative links directly to the SCDSB’s Strategic Priorities under the pillars of well-being and community.