Healthy Schools


What vaccines are offered in schools?

The local health units offer the following vaccines in schools:
  • Grade 7 students: hepatitis B and meningococcal A, C, W, Y conjugate
  • Grade 8 female students: human papillomavirus
For information regarding in-school immunization, contact your local health unit.

Immunizations required for school attendance

As of July 1, 2014, the Immunization School Pupils Act has added vaccination against three additional diseases that students require for entry to school; they are meningococcal disease, pertussis (whooping cough) and varicella (chickenpox). These three vaccines are in addition to existing requirements for proof of immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (German Measles).

Your local health unit is required under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) to collect and maintain up-to-date records of all the above immunizations for every child registered in school. Parents are required to contact the health unit to update immunization records for their children or provide a valid affidavit. Visit your local health unit website for more information.

Health Unit Contact Information

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Phone: 1-866-888-4577

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Phone: 705-721-7520
Toll-free: 1-877-721-7520

Nutrition in schools

TLDSB is committed to creating healthy nutrition-based learning and working environments for staff and students. Through our current Nutrition Policy (ES-5050 and ES-5051) and the Ministry’s Nutrition Standards for Ontario Schools, equal access to healthy food choices for all staff and students will continue in all TLDSB schools.

There has been a lot of research showing that healthy eating for children and teenagers promotes better growth and intellectual development. Schools have an important role to play in helping students lead healthier lives, including teaching students the skills to make healthy choices.

Health curriculum

The Health and Physical Education Curriculum (HPE) supports students to develop the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand themselves and others
  • Think critically and make and promote healthy choices
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships
  • Be safe, physically and emotionally
  • Be physically active to live and thrive 

A Parent’s Guide to the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1 to 12.

View the Ontario Curriculum broken out by grade for elementary and secondary.

Head lice

In line with the Canadian Paediatric Society’s position, the Board recognizes that pediculosis, commonly known as head lice, is a nuisance, it is not a disease or health issue. Head lice is a community concern which needs to be managed through partnership with parents/guardians, students, staff, and the school community. There is no medical or scientific rationale to prevent students with head lice from attending school.

Identifying nits and lice

Nits, or lice eggs, are tear drop-shaped eggs that are about the size of a sesame seed. They often appear to be white or translucent. Unlike dandruff, they are firmly glued to the hair strand and can typically only be removed using a special comb. Lice eggs are usually found along the hairline.

Adult lice are usually light brown in colour and measure about 2-4 mm. They are usually found crawling in the hair and scalp.

For resources to help parents/guardians with the regular inspection, detection, treatment, and eradication of head lice, please visit the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Caring for Kids – Head Lice Resource Page.

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